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From an exciting new Canadian literary voice comes a poignant, lyrical story about a boy’s love for his grieving mother and his determination to bring her back from despair.

A single mother of two teenage boys locks herself away in grief over her son’s death in a car accident and shuts down in searing pain, refusing to see her remaining son, Ashe. In one stroke, Ashe has lost both his brother and his mother.

Eventually, she leaves her bedroom and takes Ashe on a harrowing journey through Death Valley, where he learns about her troubled past and, in the process, tries to come to terms with her.

This is a confident and haunting novel told from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old boy, a voice that engages us powerfully and compels us to find out how he can possibly make sense of the terrible loss that has shattered his world and turned his mother against herself.

I Carried You Home is an emotionally complex and satisfying first novel about coming of age through the experience of loss and a redemptive return to life.

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Critical Praise

I Carried You Home is an elegant meditation on the ultimate unknowability of family, on the spark and burn of mother-son relationships. Gibney writes with an understated grace that makes even the quietest moments sing. A wise and affecting novel. —Esi Edugyan, author of Half-Blood Blues

“Gibney shows admirable restraint in this moody, broody novel set in 1960s rural Ontario and Death Valley. . . . Overall, an assured debut.” —The Globe and Mail

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443444545
  • ISBN 10: 1443444545
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 05/02/2017
  • Pages: 256
  • List Price: 18.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General

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