Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.

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Brooklin, Maine, United States
We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Tattered Cover



The paperback edition of my last novel, The O'Briens, comes out in the US this week. This Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30pm I'll be talking, reading and signing books at The Tattered Cover, on Colfax Ave. in Denver. Details here. And I'll be reading and talking at Left Bank Books in Belfast, Maine on Sunday March 17th, St Patrick's Day at 3pm. And I apologize for the hideous typography & layout of this post, but I can't persuade Blogger to set everything in the same typeface.


“The best family sagas follow the slow-motion explosion of genes into successive
generations but also set their stories against historical change, revealing its power toerode even the strongest characters. . . . World War II hovers in this novel’s path like flakand rips the lives of the novel’s characters to shreds…The O’Briens is a major accomplishment.” —New York Times Book Review 
“Illuminating . . . . an epic along the lines of Middlesex in the way it follows a family through time and examines the results of their actions . . . . A brooding novel, engrossing in its scope and detail, The O’Briens keeps sight of the family’s personal stories amid the larger history of much of the twentieth century.” —Booklist
"Time and time again, Behrens proves himself a first-rate seanchaí, the Irish term for astoryteller, by bringing the O’Brien clan to life on the page. En route, he fashions atopographically capacious narrative that relishes the scents of Santa Barbara, the pastoralbeauty of the Ojai Valley and the tidal mantras of coastal Maine." —James McElroy,The Washington Post

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