The Boy Who Came Walking Home
Following the success of Something in the Water, author Peter Scott presents its prequel in a panoramic portrait of an extended Maine island family at the onset of World War I. The Boy Who Came Walking Home is a vivid depiction of a close-knit island society -- its morals, bigotry, family strength, and compelling hold on its residents.
In particular, it is the story of young Henry Coombs, who abruptly leaves this hardscrabble fishing community to join the army. His departure stuns his family, which is already struggling with illness and the perils of bad weather. Within the context of Henry’s journey, the reader learns fascinating details about life in a military encampment, the war’s effect on the Maine home front, and the devastation of the 1918 influenza epidemic.
Scott’s gift for period detail, subtle humor, and fully dimensional characters makes this an engrossing and haunting novel.
"!!!! Exceptional" -- Today’s Books
"This is a special book ... and a real keeper." -- The Courier-Gazette
"It’s flat-out terrific. How takes us back through history like that, so effortlessly (so it seems), is beyond me, but I’m surely impressed and envious. As always, taut prose and raw storytelling gift let the book sing as fiction. Those solid sentences and that half-natural, half-canny narrative quality makes the book read like a dream, which is how fiction outght to read -- like a vivid dream. It’s a tender, funny, smart, moving story on top of it all." --Tim O’Brien, author Buy The Boy Who Came Walking Home Now