The Way the Family Got Away

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The Way the Family Got Away
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  • 9780007292073
  • 9780007394913

A remarkable first novel about a journey across America and the effects of grief and loss on a family that is trying to stay together when everything is falling apart.

This is the way the family got away. They pack all the things they can fit into the car and place the body of their dead brother in the toy box and put him in the boot. They leave Mineola, Texas and head across the terrifying, vacant landscape of Mid-America. In every place they visit, they sell off what they can to make it to the next town. They keep going to keep the family together.

Michael Kimball’s remarkable The Way The Family Got Away is the story of the journey seen through the eyes of the family’s surviving children, a young boy and his younger sister. They try to make sense of death; why they must leave home and how they get from one place to the next. It is an extraordinary study of the effects of grief upon language and the ways that loss makes itself felt through a child’s imagination.

  • HarperCollins Publishers; March 2016
  • ISBN 9780007394913
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  • Title: The Way the Family Got Away
  • Author: Michael Kimball
  • Imprint: Fourth Estate
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780007292073
  • 9780007394913

In The Press

*‘Kimball's first novel … The largeness of the message should not detract from the intricacy of fine, precise storytelling … he has taken it [American literature] somewhere very dark and unsettling."
The Times
*"Occasionally a novel by a new writer will cause critics to choke with excitement. This is one.’
The Scotsman
*"An extraordinary novel"
Express

About The Author

In 1998 Michael Kimball received a grant from the prestigious New York Foundation of the Arts. He has published fiction in New Orleans Review, Story Quarterly and The Quarterly . He lives in Texas with his wife.

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ISBNs
  • 9780007292073
  • 9780007394913