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A Song from Faraway

A Song from Faraway is a novel by Deni Béchard.

Deni Béchard

The second time Andrew sees his half-brother, Hugh, is at their father's funeral. Andrew has little interest in the father with whom he grew up, but Hugh, who looks like a country-rock star, is fascinated by the life and writings of the reclusive man he hardly knew. When Hugh finds a book in his father's study, a mysterious work by Rafael Estrada, he is certain that it holds the key to his identity.

A Song from Faraway takes readers from 19th-century Prince Edward Island to modern-day Iraq. An Irish-Acadian soldier carries his fiddle and folksong across the battlefields of the First World War. An orphan-turned-assassin pursues his target across the deserts of Mexico and Texas, using a novel as evidence for his location. Relationships are forged and broken, wars are fought, and trauma is handed down from father to son.

With whispers of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Song from Faraway pieces together "the stories that we tell about ourselves" in a picaresque novel of uncommon beauty and ferocity. (From Goose Lane Editions)

A Song from Faraway is available in April 2020.

Deni Ellis Béchard is a writer and journalist. He has published eight books of both fiction and nonfiction. He won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book, the 2016 Midwest Book Award for Literary Fiction and 2015 Nautilus Book Award for Investigative Journalism.

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