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“THE BOOK YOU HAVE TO READ”–Entertainment Weekly

"Things have to be settled, or they never go away."

Only weeks before she dies in March, 1984, Leo Nolan’s mother shows her son a rose she says was just given to her by her brother, Jack, who disappeared 50 years earlier. After her death, letters from Jack begin to arrive at the family home. They are postmarked 1934. The final one is from Ashland, Kentucky.

Leo heads to Ashland, to track down the source of the letters…. And to find out why they are arriving now, after 50 years.

Time shifts. Time runs underground, then surfaces. It is 1934, and Leo experiences the Great Depression and the ghosts of the past as no one has in 50 years, in Ashland, where dreams die and are born again.

“A love story, time travel epic, ghost story, labor history, road novel and a bank heist, all with the added touch of Steinbeckian metaphysics. For me it was the surprise of the year, a rich evocation of 1934 small-town Kentucky that winds up completely unpredictable.”
–The Edmonton Journal, “Top Fiction Pick of the Year”

“Green has devised a truly mysterious mystery, he writes with a real and rare sympathy for his characters.”
–The Atlanta Constitution

“A jewel of a novel”
–Booklist

“A deceptive novel, one that begins and ends simply yet is filled with extraordinary events…. SHADOW OF ASHLAND succeeds.”
–The New York Times

WORLD FANTASY AWARD FINALIST 

Topics: Time Travel

Published: Open Road Media an imprint of Open Road Integrated Media on
ISBN: 9781497629059
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Leo, a middle-aged Toronto man, is asked by his dying mother to find out what happened to her brother Jack, from whom she hasn't heard in 50 years. Following the few clues his mother has, and 50-year old letters which begin to arrive regularly, Leo eventually stumbles upon Jack's trail in Ashland, Kentucky, where several people seem to have known him and to recognize Leo himself. Staying in the old hotel room in which Jack lived in 1934, Leo starts to piece together what happened and, in events which bring to mind Field of Dreams, to actually experience some of the tale. Not a thriller, as it might seem, but a graceful story of family and the mystery of time.more
Born from the experience of searching for a missing uncle, this tale starts in the same fashion, and then entwines letters half-a-century old, time travel, the despair of 1930’s unemployment, union organizing, caves, baseball, and the hope of familial connections into a book that reads so much better than I’ve managed to make it sound. From a promise made to his dying mother, Leo follows the trail of his uncle from their home in Toronto as he searches for work heading ever south, eventually staying for some time in Ashland, Kentucky. Leo makes a connection with his Uncle Jack as he experiences some of the same things. Expecting this to be a family memoir book, I was at first a bit disappointed when encountering the time travel component. Though not my preferred cup of tea, I did thoroughly enjoy this particular brew.more

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Leo, a middle-aged Toronto man, is asked by his dying mother to find out what happened to her brother Jack, from whom she hasn't heard in 50 years. Following the few clues his mother has, and 50-year old letters which begin to arrive regularly, Leo eventually stumbles upon Jack's trail in Ashland, Kentucky, where several people seem to have known him and to recognize Leo himself. Staying in the old hotel room in which Jack lived in 1934, Leo starts to piece together what happened and, in events which bring to mind Field of Dreams, to actually experience some of the tale. Not a thriller, as it might seem, but a graceful story of family and the mystery of time.more
Born from the experience of searching for a missing uncle, this tale starts in the same fashion, and then entwines letters half-a-century old, time travel, the despair of 1930’s unemployment, union organizing, caves, baseball, and the hope of familial connections into a book that reads so much better than I’ve managed to make it sound. From a promise made to his dying mother, Leo follows the trail of his uncle from their home in Toronto as he searches for work heading ever south, eventually staying for some time in Ashland, Kentucky. Leo makes a connection with his Uncle Jack as he experiences some of the same things. Expecting this to be a family memoir book, I was at first a bit disappointed when encountering the time travel component. Though not my preferred cup of tea, I did thoroughly enjoy this particular brew.more
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