Book Review: Latitudes – A Story of Coming Home

A coming of age novel about a boy overcoming divorce and cultural
dislocation. When Father and Mother, a highflying young American lawyer
and his party-hard bride, fall prey to the self-destructive lure of
alcohol and sexual liberation, Will and his sisters pay the price in
divorce and kidnappings that take them back and forth between the rain
forest hideaways of coastal Latin America and the placid suburbs of Long
Island. Will identifies with the oppressed workers laboring in his
father’s fast food restaurant and longs for American freedom. Father
remarries the daughter of a local aristocrat, and Will is sent off to
the hothouse world of a New England boarding school. Swimming in a sea
of Fair Isle sweaters and LL Bean boots, Will discovers a core of
resilience in himself that allows him to survive, thrive, and ultimately
embrace the flawed and varied worlds he inhabits. Will reconnects with
Mother, sinking into a New York City world of Irish bars and one night
stands he cannot save her from. With a little help from friends, and a
high school Shakespeare class taught by the school’s closeted gay
athletic trainer, Will begins to see the possibility of finding his true
path. Latitudes charts the birth pangs of a quest for self and soul –
from a tropical childhood to a coming of age on the road.

Meet the Author!!! 

Anthony Caplan is an independent writer, teacher and homesteader in
northern New England. He has worked at various times as a shrimp
fisherman, environmental activist, journalist, taxi-driver, builder,
window-washer, and telemarketer, (the last for only a month, but one
week he did win a four tape set of the greatest hits of George Jones for
selling the most copies of Time-Life’s The Loggers.) Currently, Caplan
is working on restoring a 150 year old farmstead where he and his
family tend sheep and chickens, grow most of their own vegetables, and
have started a small apple orchard from scratch His road novels, BIRDMAN
and FRENCH POND ROAD, trace the meanderings of one Billy Kagan, a
footloose soul striving after sanity and love in the last years of the
last century. His latest fiction effort, LATITUDES – A Story of Coming
Home, is a young boy’s transformative journey overcoming dysfunction,
dislocation and distance. 
Other works by Anthony include: 
 Birdman (July 2006)
French Pond Road (March 2008)
Connect with Anthony!


Latitude is a great plot line, well written, highly described, web of the ins and out of Will’s life. I would recommend this to people whom read a lot. However I would not recommend it to people that just randomly pick up a book now and again. It isn’t the easy to page through stories that some books are. This one includes having to use your mind. (Which I love when I have to engage myself with the story.)  You have to keep straight who is who and which person did what and how this affects this and why this problem was caused by this action. Psychologist probably would LOVE this book and anyone else that loves getting into peoples brains and picking around. The tail isn’t disappointing as you travel from United States to South America and back. As we get older and you watch as things progress or get worse. I won’t tell you how it ends because that takes the fun out of reading this great story.


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