The Great Far Away
Renders [two decades] in a single elegant gesture . . . with such sociological acuity and painterly detail that we feel we must have been there ourselves . . . Recalls Carson McCullers in its evocation of the power and danger of communal knowledge.
—Trudy Lewis, author of THE BONES OF GARBO and PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCES
An exquisitely beautiful elegy for a generation, in language that hovers finely between compassionate insight and clear-eyed irony. May well become the accepted memorial to a peculiarly American experiment, yet it is a work that rises to mirror all our lives.
—Rosa Shand, author of THE GRAVITY OF SUNLIGHT
Engaging and generous . . . a constellation of individual stories of transformation, loss, and discovery, via the grace of a masterful writer.
—Chuck Wachtel, author of JOE THE ENGINEER and WHAT HAPPENS TO ME
Readers will feel forever haunted by this novel of compassionate and tough wisdom . . . Joan Frank brilliantly portrays what disintegrates and what endures in a small modern tribe of people wishing to ‘make good’.
—Kevin McIlvoy, author of THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF NEW MEXICO: STORIES
Frank's prose style remains deft . . . droll and wistful . . . providing a satisfying backward glance, without becoming nostalgic or sentimental.
Wonderfully evocative prose about nature and human nature . . . Lyrically immortalizes a time . . . Dazzling images . . . A small gem.