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I Carried You Home

A novel

by Alan Gibney

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A poignant, lyrical story about a boy’s love for his grieving mother and his determination to bring her back from despair, I Carried You Home is a novel about coming of age through the experience of loss and a return to life.

A single mother of two teenage boys locks herself away in grief over one son’s death in a car accident in which she was the driver, refusing to see her remaining son, Ashe. In one stroke, Ashe has lost both his brother and his mother. He moves into the shed outside her window and over the months, tries a number of ways to coax her from her solitude.

Eventually, she leaves her bedroom and takes him 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 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 come to terms with his terrible loss, his bereaved mother, and make sense of his own conflicted world. I Carried You Home is an emotionally complex and satisfying first novel from a very talented new Canadian literary voice.

About the Author

Alan Gibney

ALAN GIBNEY lived his early childhood in Dublin and moved to Canada when he was eight. He studied literature at the University of British Columbia. Following his travels in Asia, he went to Osgoode Hall Law School and became a lawyer, worked for a time as a business consultant and started a successful refrigerated pet food business with his brother and a friend. He met his wife on Remembrance Day at exactly 11 a.m. They have two small children.

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Editorial Reviews

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 <em>Half-Blood Blues</em>

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

— <em>The Globe and Mail</em>

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