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By Christopher Tilghman

With the deep emotion and perception of “a precise storyteller” (Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times), Christopher Tilghman, the writer of the acclaimed Mason’s Retreat and In a Father’s Place, has written a robust new novel of guys and ladies, fathers and families.

Eric Alwin has long gone to go to his aged father, a as soon as commanding and charismatic Maryland senator who has obvious his public provider soured–and his kinfolk broken–by a intercourse scandal. figuring out that his personal unfaithfulness, his disaffection together with his profession and marriage, appear to be a continuation of a kin trend, Eric is astonished to discover his father providing a daring expedition.

The resulting journey in the course of the Deep South and the yank heartland turns into either a trip into the emotional fact of the Alwin kin and a step forward right into a new type of resilience and knowing, and love. alongside the best way, Eric will be aware of anew not just his mom, Audrey, yet his sisters, Alice and Poppy, and his personal spouse and son. As he discovers the remarkable mystery in the back of the scandal that outlined his father’s destiny, he'll additionally detect what he needs to do to form a extra real and coherent lifestyles for himself.

Christopher Tilghman’s Roads of the Heart is an excellent success by way of an writer who, grappling with the lines and discords of up to date American tradition, achieves a unique knowing of ways relations love and lose and locate each other each day.

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