Far from Home   -     By: Anne DeGrace
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Far from Home

Avon / 2009 / Paperback

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When 19-year-old Jo decides to leave home, she finds her way to Cass's Roadside Cafe. There she meets a cast of characters---an outspoken dying old woman; a reluctant dowser; a rootless hippy; a friendly trucker; and others---who become her teachers and give her strength, courage, and wisdom to continue her life journey. 288 pages, softcover from Avon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Avon
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 X 0.65 (inches)
ISBN: 0061728802
ISBN-13: 9780061728808
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Publisher's Description

After a shocking family betrayal and an unexpected pregnancy, Jo leaves home,college, and everything she knows. Far from home, she finds her way to Cass'sRoadside Café, an isolated diner on a mountain pass. Cass's seems as good aplace as any for Jo to get her bearings, as near to nowhere as it is possible to be. Here, Jo finds a rough sort of kindness in diner regulars such as Archie, a long-haul trucker, and Bob, a cop with a secret. But Cass's is also a way station through which an odd assortment of travelers blow: the water witcher, coming to terms with a talent he'd denied; the old woman who expected to die, and didn't; and the hippie whose rule of the road is to let the wind blow him where it will. The stories of these strangers open Jo's eyes to life lessons, and what it really means to follow your heart—and, ultimately, give Jo the strength to face her past, and find the direction she needs to step into her future.

Author Bio

Anne DeGrace is a librarian, journalist, writer, illustrator, volunteer, mother, and multitasker. She lives in the mountains near Nelson, British Columbia.

Publisher's Weekly

A diner waitress in late 1970s Canada listens to her customers' stories in DeGrace's plodding second novel (after Treading Water). Young Jo leaves an unfortunate situation at home, only to land a waitress gig at a roadside cafe in the middle of nowhere. One windy day sends several travelers to Jo's tables, and each is more than ready to share their story: an elderly woman with nothing to lose, a ruined young businessman on the run, a well-meaning Mountie with a crisis and many more, all in one way or another connected to a hitchhiking hippie named Pink. The parade of archetypes through the diner is a weak stand-in for a plot, and reading their painfully predictable backstories is equivalent to a dose of Ambien. The lack of insight and drama is terminal. (Nov.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

“Anne DeGrace is a gifted story teller and Far From Home contains some of her most intriguing characters. Thoroughly enjoyable.”
“Deliciously written.”
“A gorgeous novel of coincidence and redemption, FAR FROM HOME will change the way you interact with strangers.”

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