Under the Same Stars by Tim Lott

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But as entertaining as it is as a travelogue, the American aspect of the novel eventually comes to feel secondary to the tender story of two brothers gradually relearning each other after years of living on opposite sides of the world.
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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.
 

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Under the Same Stars is Tim Lott's sixth novel. His memoir, The Scent of Dried Roses won the PEN/J.R. Ackerley award and White City Blue won the Whitbread First Novel award. His most recent book, Fearless was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Book award.
 
Published March 1, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 341 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Natasha Tripney on Mar 17 2013

But as entertaining as it is as a travelogue, the American aspect of the novel eventually comes to feel secondary to the tender story of two brothers gradually relearning each other after years of living on opposite sides of the world.

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Reviewed by Alex Clark on Apr 06 2012

The novel is at its most successful and affecting when Lott explores how the geographical and cultural contrasts between the two countries might represent his characters' mental landscapes.

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