Faraway Places – Tom Spanbauer

Faraway Places

by Tom Spanbauer
Hawthorne Books; 2007 re-issue
102 pages; $8.00

Every once in a while we are lucky to find books that touch us in a way that they remain special to us long after we’ve put them back on the book shelf. Faraway Places it that type of book.

Spanbauer’s novel isn’t very big, a mere 102 pages,  but the story is enormous. Faraway Places is the story of the Webster family set in rural 1950’s Idaho as told by their son Jacob. The Webster’s story is one of race, family, and ultimately of personal growth and acceptance.

This book is so well written that you can’t help but notice the beautiful rhythm contained in Spanbauer’s writing. The story’s vivid detail and story line really draw the reader in and provokes emotion and thought. Even though his writing is delicate and rhythmic, Spanbauer still manages to be powerful and deliberate when the story requires it.

Anyone looking for a story that is emotional, touching, and entertaining should treat themselves to Faraway Places.

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