|You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free (2004) [Novel]|
by James Kelman
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(From the publisher):
Jeremiah Brown, a Scottish immigrant in his early thirties, has lived in America for twelve years. A rambler and a gambler by his own admission, he has crossed the country back and forth, all in the hope his luck would change. To add to his restlessness and indecision, he has a nonrefundable plane ticket to Glasgow, by way of Seattle, Canada, Iceland, and England, to visit his mother. On his last night in the States, Jeremiah finds himself in a town south of Rapid City, moving from bar to bar, attracting and repelling strangers, losing count of the beers he has drunk. All the while racked by memories of the woman he loved in New York and the child they had together. And by an acute sense of foreboding.
In this rich, funny, superbly crafted novel, Kelman has once again created a memorable character, compulsive, obsessive, self-doubting, and utterly engaging, and a singular portrait of an immigrant's America.
Original title: You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Bohemians & Expatriates
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives