by Peter G. FileneIt is 1951 and Murray Baum is sixteen years old and lives in Manhattan. He is in love with an elusive free-spirit named Arlie; he has a close circle of friends at Harrison High; and the Dodgers, his team, are winning. Yet his optimism has been shaken by his father's abrupt departure for California. Murray sets out to understand why his father would abandon their home. He chooses his German-Jewish family as the topic of his class research paper and painstakingly sifts through the fragments of his family history. Snapshots and old letters take the place of baseball cards and other collections. Interviews with relatives and friends uncover disquieting secrets: Did his father leave home because he wouldn't sign a non-Communist loyalty oath? Or because of a relationship with a woman five years earlier? The more Murray learns about his family's history, the more he begins to see the complexities in people, especially in himself. His father refuses to say when he will come home, leaving Murray puzzled and distraught. He breaks up with Arlie, only to find himself enthralled by Ruth, who has more sensuality than he knows what to do with. It isn't until Murray recklessly runs away that he realizes where he truly belongs. In his first novel, Peter Filene deftly explores the connection between family, self, and history. He provides a lively look at boys struggling with their fledgling identities and does so with grace and humor.
|Title||Home and Away|
|eBook format||Hardcover, (torrent)|
|Author||Peter G. Filene|
|File size||1.8 Mb|
|Book rating||4 (2 votes)