Near Canaan

By: Liese O'Halloran Schwarz

Hailed as a novel “of uncommon psychological talent” by acclaimed novelist Richard Bausch, Near Canaan tells the captivating story of Buddy Gates, a New York film student who turns up in Naples, Virginia, ostensibly to make a short documentary for school.  In fact, he has come to his mother’s hometown in search of an explanation for her death. He encounters two middle-aged brothers who once loved her: Gil, a sensitive stutterer who says almost nothing yet sees nearly everything, and Jack, who exhibits a manly taciturnity. Gradually Buddy’s presence serves to reveal why Gil and Jack have not spoken in years: they share a dark secret about the long-ago disappearance of Beth Gates’ first child.

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