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 has persuaded Salinger that they should find their missing father, Henry- last known location Las Cruces, New Mexico.
But it is with a sense of foreboding that Salinger sets off with his brother.
Painfully aware that their own relationship is distant and strained, will dragging up the past and confronting their father going to help or harm them?
Meanwhile back in London, 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.
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/03/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847373052
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Review by Eyejaybee
41. [Under the Same Stars] by [[Tim Lott]]A lovely book, as one has come to expect from Tim Lott. As usual there is a dysfunctional family at the heart of the story. In this instance the family issues revolve around sibling rivalry augmented by resentment towards an absent father. The principal character is Salinger Nash, so-named because his father loved American novelists. Still, it could have been worse - in fact it was for his elder brother Carson who was named for the female novelist Carson McCullers (though he had always convinced himself that he was named after Kit Carson). The novel, which is set in the summer of 2008 just as the worldwide banking crisis is coming to its cataclysmic fruition. opens with Carson, who has lived in New Orleans for the last twenty years, phoning Salinger to tell him that their father is dying. Carson thinks that they should oth travel to New Mexico to see him. Salinger, who has had mental health issues for as long as he can remember, is at first unsure whether he wants to have any contact with either his father or his brother. However he is persuaded to go, and a couple of weeks later flies over to New Orleans where he is reunited with Carson who, it now transpires, is an ardent born-again Christian though not without a strong strain of bigotry.The two brothers then set off on a road-trp across Texas with dire, and often hilarious consequences, encountering native American shamans, redneck cops and a succession of surly waitresses.The description of the road trip is excellently done - very funny though always utterly plausible - and the emotional pitch remains taut.Most enjoyable!