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Dirt road, James Kelman

Label
Dirt road
Title
Dirt road
Statement of responsibility
James Kelman
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Booker Prize winner James Kelman's new novel, Dirt Road, tells the story of a teenage boy who travels with his father from Scotland to Alabama to visit with relatives after the death of his mother. In the American South, he becomes swept up into the world of zydeco and blues. "A powerful meditation on loss, life, death, and the bond between father and son. . . . Kelman has created a fully-realized, relatable voice that reveals a young man's urgent need for connection in a time of grief." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) After his mother's recent death, sixteen-year-old Murdo and his father travel from their home in rural Scotland to Alabama to be with his migr uncle and American aunt. Stopping at a small town on their way from the airport, Murdo happens upon a family playing zydeco music and joins them, leaving with a gift of two CDs of Southern American songs. On this first visit to the States, Murdo notices racial tension, religious fundamentalism, the threat of severe weather, guns, and aggressive behavior, all unfamiliar to him. Yet his connection to the place strengthens by way of its musical culture. Murdo may be young but he is already a musician. While at their relatives' home, the grieving father and son experience kindness and kinship but share few words of comfort with each other, Murdo losing himself in music and his reticent and protective dad in books. The aunt, "the very very best," Murdo calls her, provides whatever solace he receives, until his father comes around in a scene of great emotional release. As James Wood has written of this brilliant writer's previous work in The New Yorker, "The pleasure, as always in Kelman, is being allowed to inhabit mental meandering and half-finished thoughts, digressions and wayward jokes, so that we are present" with his characters. Dirt Road is a powerful story about the strength of family ties, the consolation of music, and one unforgettable journey from darkness to light
Cataloging source
YDX
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1946-
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Kelman, James
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6061.E518
LC item number
D55 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Scots
  • Fathers and sons
  • Zydeco music
  • Mothers
  • Fathers and sons
  • Mothers
  • Scots
  • Travel
  • Zydeco music
  • Fiction: general & literary
  • Coping with death & bereavement
  • Southern States
  • United States
Label
Dirt road, James Kelman
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0028542682
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
407 pages
Isbn
9781936787500
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2016944752
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(DLC)2016944752
Label
Dirt road, James Kelman
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0028542682
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
407 pages
Isbn
9781936787500
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2016944752
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(DLC)2016944752

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