Published: 10 March 2017
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Phoenix, Arizona. Fall 1962. JFK has been elected and the Cuban Missile Crisis shakes the United States. Fond of vast spaces, Scott Hatford is a young dreamer who treasures short moments of grace with a loving mother, and tries to escape the violence of a broken father returned from the war. Each day begins with the reunion with his night-nurse mother and ends under the threat of the tyrant with a game leg. One October night, exacerbated by jealousy, the father’s fury transforms into wild intoxication. Mother and son decide to flee towards New Mexico.Their fates are sealed on Route 66.
With The Last Days of Stefan Zweig, Laurent Seksik traced the tragedy of a wounded man. Far from Phoenix is the odyssey of a teenager in the American West in the 1960s. A story of hope, redemption and the power of dreams.
“A tribute to the Great American Novel, from William Faulkner to John Fante, and a hymn to adolescence.”
Born in 1962, Laurent Seksik is a former doctor who became a best-selling writer. His most popular novels and graphic novels include The Last Days of Stefan Zweig and Modigliani, published by Salammbo Press.