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Setting free the kites / Alex George.

By: George, Alex, 1970- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Thorndike Press large print core series: Edition: Large print edition.Description: 451 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781410497826; 1410497828.Subject(s): Male friendship -- Fiction | Loss (Psychology) -- FictionGenre/Form: Large type books. | Bildungsromans.DDC classification: 823/.92 Other classification: FIC043000 Summary: "For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan s budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park. It s there that Nathan s boundless capacity for optimism threatens to overwhelm them both, and where they learn some harsh truths about family, desire, and revenge."--Amazon.com.
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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorRobert Carter and Nathan Tilly are unlikely friends. Robert is cautious and reticent; Nathan is curious and daring. They meet in 1976 on the first day of eighth grade in a coastal Maine town and form a bond that is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies. Setting Free the Kites is a poignant and moving exploration of the pain, joy, and glories of young friendship.

"For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan s budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park. It s there that Nathan s boundless capacity for optimism threatens to overwhelm them both, and where they learn some harsh truths about family, desire, and revenge."--Amazon.com.

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Set in the 1970s in a small coastal town in Maine, this generous, poignant novel addresses family, friendship, and dealing with catastrophic loss. The story centers on the Carter family and their two sons, Liam and Robert. Older son Liam is dying of muscular dystrophy, and this devastating circumstance is the gravitational center of the novel. Each family member must find a way to come to terms with this tragedy, and each struggles in a different way. The story is narrated by Robert, through whose eyes as a young man just coming of age, we bear witness to a terrible ordeal that tests everything this family believes about the world and themselves. George (A Good American) handles the psychological and emotional complexity of this situation with great compassion and skill. The bond that develops between Robert and Nathan Tilly, a new student in town, is superbly drawn and speaks with great eloquence about the power of friendship to heal and strengthen. It is what saves Robert. Verdict A beautifully wrought work for fans of literary fiction and coming-of-age novels. [See Prepub Alert, 8/8/16.]-Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community Coll., CT © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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