UNDER THE SAME STARS by Tim Lott
It is late summer 2008 and, as the world economy goes into meltdown, forty-year-old Salinger Nash, plagued since adolescence by a mercurial depression, leaves the London house he shares with his girlfriend, Tiane, for his older brother’s home in the Garden District of New Orleans.
Carson Nash, his estranged older brother about to become a father himself, has persuaded Salinger they should find their missing father, Henry – last known location Las Cruces, New Mexico (we know this thanks to a letter written by his lover to inform them Henry is unwell; but characteristically scant on detail).
It is with a sense of foreboding that Salinger sets off with his brother. The two haven’t been close for years but frankly his 3 year relationship with Tiane is reaching its ‘commit or bust’ stage and he could do with some space.
En route and looking for clues as to why his family are so dysfunctional, he finds among some old photos hidden away by his late mother, a startling image he needs to understand: staring at a badly beaten toddler in the blurry picture he knows his father’s story runs far deeper than he’s been told. MaybeCarsonknows more? Who is the child in the picture?…
Meanwhile back inLondon, Tiane isn’t answering Salinger’s increasingly urgent messages. Why?
Tender, funny, unflinching, this is a road trip story in the great American literary tradition and an exploration of sibling rivalry that harks back to Cain and Abel – two brothers so remarkably different in character yet united by a shared history they’re about to uncover…
A vivid glimpse of a Britain’s ‘brother country’ through the eyes of a skeptical outsider, a profound exploration of fraternal love and a gripping journey of the soul.