And so Alan begins his search for the elusive Jack West, a man who skipped town decades earlier and of whom Cecil has always refused to speak. The quest will lead him to Archer, an old American soldier who went AWOL into Canada at the height of the Vietnam War. Archer has been carrying a heavy burden for many years, and through him Alan learns the stories of Jack, of Cecil and of Archer's own daughter, Linnea: a woman inextricably bound to them all.
Together, at the behest of a dying man, they set off on a reckless journey through the burning mountains and, slowly, they unravel the knots of the past. What they find will change their lives forever.
Melissa Pimentel manages the translation rights for Ballistics
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A lyrical debut . . . a lean, powerful book about quiet, emotional people. It animates a world that any smalltown North American could identify in a moment, yet it transcends this environment to evoke something universal: how people live through loss, and how they talk about what matters, or don't.Guardian
A book about fathers, families and wild fires, with lean Richard Ford and Raymond Carver-like prose. A tough debut.Sharp Magazine
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