By David Payne

ISBN-10: 0802123546

ISBN-13: 9780802123541

ISBN-10: 0802125174

ISBN-13: 9780802125170

ISBN-10: 1511376708

ISBN-13: 9781511376709

An Amazon top publication of 2015, A Kirkus stories’ most sensible e-book of 2015

“A courageous publication with attractive sentences on each page.”—New York Times

“Piercing...a journey de force.”—Los Angeles Times


In 2000, whereas relocating his loved ones from Vermont to North Carolina, David Payne watched from his rearview reflect as his more youthful brother, George A., using at the back of him in a two-man convoy of condo vehicles, misplaced regulate of his motor vehicle, fishtailed, flipped over within the street, and died immediately. quickly thereafter, David’s existence hit a downward spiral. His profession got here to a standstill, his marriage disintegrated, and his consuming went from a cocktail-hour indulgence to a full-blown dependancy. He discovered himself haunted not just through George A.’s loss of life, but additionally via his brother’s manic melancholy, a hereditary ailment that overlaid a depressing kin background whose roots now gripped David.

Barefoot to Avalon is Payne’s earnest and unflinching account of George A. and their boyhood footrace that lasted lengthy into their maturity, defining their courting and their lives. As common because it is intimate, this is often a great memoir of brotherhood, of sibling rivalries and sibling love, and of the torments a kinfolk can carry silent and hold throughout generations.

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