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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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 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.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Carry Me, book boost.

My 2016 novel, Carry Me, will be coming out in paperback editions next month in the United States, Canada and France (as "Les Insouciants"). The book was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and is featured on National Public Radio's Best of 2016 list.
"Great historical novels give us a god's omnipotence. They don't coddle but burden us with the sure knowledge that we can do nothing to alter the flow of time. And this is the inherent tragedy that lives at the heart of Carry Me, which follows the fortunes of two intermingled families through one of the most turbulent times in modern history — England, Ireland and Germany in the first half of the 20th century. We can read words like "Blitz" and "zeppelin" and "Nazi" echoing in our heads, and we know that there's nothing we can do but watch and wait for the bad things to come..." NPR Best of 2016 

Let me see...what cars did I put in that book? There was the red 1914 Mercedes, in Frankfurt...

 The 1928 Mercedes S Class that sped to Heidelberg and back...
 ...and the 1935 Plymouth (used) that made it from New York City to New Mexico.

JJ Greenberg Memorial AwardWinner:The Gustav Sonata 
Rose Tremain
W.W. Norton & Company 

Finalists:Carry Me
Peter Behrens
Pantheon Books

Charlotte: A Novel 
David Foenkinos
The Overlook Press 

CARRY ME is “another meditation on history and destiny . . . that make[s] the past feel stunningly close at hand.” —Megan O’Grady, Vogue

"Behrens captures his narrator’s naïveté and the casual anti-Semitism of the times with great skill and intelligence . . . as true an observation about human nature as there is." —Dennis Bock, The New York Times Book Review (Sunday, March 20, 2016)

"Behrens is a beautiful, lyric writer. His understanding of the age and command of it, moment to moment, is impressive . . . everything is beautiful in the details, in the smallness of personal moments even as we know that no matter how calm, how peaceful the moment, it will not last." —Jason Sheehan, NPR

"Peter Behrens is a powerful stylist . . . if exile is Behrens’s obsession, he’s still making it work in his fiction" —The Globe and Mail

1 comment:

  1. Needs no boost for me, I read it and loved it, and I'm waiting for your book tour to get my copy autographed.