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Gone and Back Again [Paperback]

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Item description for Gone and Back Again by Jonathon Scott Fuqua...

Caley's family is on the move again. His mother and stepfather have made another in a series of bad decisions, and once again, Caley, his older brother Fulton, and little sister Louise are pulling up stakes. With each move, Caley's mental state grows a little worse. This time they're living in Naples, Florida, where Caley's stepfather has finally found a job. Sad and confused, Caley attributes his problems to Star Trek, the glow from his clock radio, anything but the root cause: family dynamics, including his love/hate relationship with Fulton. Working together at a Pancake Palace, the simmering tension between the two boys finally explodes. The episode cracks the pall of sadness that has enveloped Caley for so long, enabling him to understand the journey, both literal and figurative, that the family has taken. Written from a survivor's standpoint, Gone and Back Again describes Caley's descent into severe depression with humor, hope, and poignancy.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 15, 2007
Publisher   Soft Skull Press
ISBN  1933368772  
ISBN13  9781933368771  

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More About Jonathon Scott Fuqua

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Fuqua, author of the Alex Award-winning The Reappearance of Sam Webber, Today Show-recommended Darby, and critically acclaimed Gone and Back Again, is one of America's best writers, and In the Wake of the Boatman is his greatest masterpiece to date.

Jonathon Scott Fuqua currently resides in Baltimore, in the state of Maryland.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Gone and Back Again?

A Must Read  Apr 14, 2008
This is a concisely written and thoughtful book that expertly conveys the story of a boy and his youthful journey as part of a dysfunctional family. The book is written with such an honesty that the reader is transported into the story and time and fully able to feel the range of emotions that the main character Cay feels -- from fear and depression, to anger and even the unexpected humor at the absurdity of it all. I strongly recommend this book.
hoping for more  Feb 9, 2008
I just finished this book and thoroughly enjoyed it! It is a rare book that I pick up and actually get past the first few pages. This story captured me and had me enthralled to the last page.

I enjoyed the title's reference to Tolkien's character Bilbo Baggins. Remember Bilbo told the tale of his adventures in his story, "There and Back Again". Now I am anxious to reread "The Hobbit". (If only I had a copy as I vacation in Trinidad!)

I am elated Mr. Fuqua penned this story and hope for more to come on Caley's journey through life. I would be sad indeed if this is the end of the line. Cay, although he didn't realize it, is a tough kid. I'd like to see how he grows up.

In this story, the life, troubles and fears of Caley can touch everyone. This is one of those literary gems which cross generational and ideological divides by dealing with a character with which we can all relate on many levels.

Courtesy of Teens Read Too  Feb 6, 2008
Eleven-year-old Caley has every reason to keep to himself. After his parents' divorce, he and his two siblings keep moving every couple of months. His father is an unpredictable, emotionally abusive alcoholic. His mother is paralyzed by depression to the point of negligence. He doesn't get along with either of his stepparents. And when he finally makes a friend, it's one whose problems are even worse than his own.

But things are even worse inside his own head, where severe depression has taken hold. Every time his family moves, Caley's mental state deteriorates.

While this book is intense and so heavy in some places that it's hard to read, that only goes to show how effective Jonathon Scott Fuqua is at capturing Caley's depression. He also works a bit of black humor in to keep the story from getting too melodramatic, and he never overstates things.

Also, the language is at times beautiful. Lines such as, "The gray clouds appeared stuck like gray cement on a board," provide some lovely description devoid of cliché, as do observations such as Caley's about his mother: "She'd changed after the divorce. It was like her goodness and affectionateness seemed to be hibernating or were gone."

I would recommend GONE AND BACK AGAIN to mature teenagers who don't mind a book with heavy subject matter.

Reviewed by: Katie Hayes
A powerful and insightful book  Jan 3, 2008
Growing up is hard enough: Add divorce, an alcoholic father, a mother seemingly paralyzed as a parent by her depression and two verbally abusive step-parents and then you have story that can be truly bleak at times. Jonathon Scott Fuqua's Gone and Back Again is a painful and honest story written from the perspective of Caley, the middle child. A few times I had to stop reading to wipe the tears off my face because of the sheer sadness I felt, not only for Caley but for his entire family. But moments later, I was reading again! This was one of those books that I could not put down until I had reached the end. I highly recommend it.

Jennifer Thie, author of And Then Came Arthur

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