A story of one boy overcoming dysfuntion, dislocation and distance…
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.
Release Date: June 30, 2012 – Hope Mountain Press
Does travel play in the writing of your books?
Yes, I grew up overseas and had what someone described as an unsettled childhood. And then I spent twelve years after college living and working in
Seattle, Mexico City, Caracas, London, the west of , and finally moved back to the States after the birth of my son. An editor once rejected one of my novels because he said it read like a travelogue. It was sort of a travelogue. It was semi-autobiographical. Ireland
Tell us about your current release.
Latitudes is a story of a boy who survives what on the outside might look like a privileged upbringing, international, well-educated, but on the inside the children were kidnapped, witnessed parental violence, there was alcoholism. So the children are all damaged in various ways and it's about the long process of healing that begins in his teenage years when he realizes he is strong enough not to be a victim any longer. It's about growing up emotionally disabled.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I try to be a plotter. I really do. Once I get the idea for a story I spend a lot of time working out the plot points and outlining, but once I start writing it usually goes out the window. I write, and then I edit and edit and edit. For me a writer is like a sculptor. You're trying to discover what's there in the raw material you've written. If it weren’t an exploration it wouldn't be fun.
Tell us about your family.
My family is the most important thing in my life. I had a fairly tough childhood, which I largely used as an inspiration for Latitudes, so I feel like the luckiest man in the world to have a wife and children that give me purpose even in the worst of times.
What group did you hang out with in high school?
I was the kid who hung out with the different groups but didn’t really belong to any. I had a fairly unconventional upbringing, and when I got to high school I found I was like a fish out of water. I didn't fit in at all with the dominant cliques. But I played sports, and I took academically challenging classes, so I had friends in different groups, but my main group of friends was the rebels, who scoffed at school spirit and prided themselves on being the poster children for apathy. Teachers hated us. Now I'm a high school teacher and I know there is a God because He's up there laughing at His little joke.
Do you play any sports?
I still run, which was my main sport in high school.
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. 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.
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