No Direction Home
“Blindness will be like this.”
So says ten-year-old Will Burton, trying to reimagine his life in the wake of his father’s abrupt disappearance, as his family picks up the stakes and moves to California. At the same time, another boy, Rogelio Alfaro, risks his life to cross the border illegally from Mexico to reach his father, enduring gangs, police roundups, and the pitiless desert. And Marlene McClure, a hard-edged, yearning teenager, leaves her own Midwestern home in search of a father she has imagined but never known. The lives of each of these children and their families converge on a single home in Los Angeles – where the very needs and desires that have torn them apart allow them a measure of hope together. Written with heart-stopping grace and a powerful understanding of the passions that define family, No Direction Home masterfully evokes how far we will go in the name of a place to call home.
Silver, with her attention to everyday detail and her determination to take seriously the myriad individual lives that create California, has crafted a beautiful honest, and poignant novel of this siren state.