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Once You Go Back by Douglas Martin

Once You Go Back

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Once You Go Back by Douglas Martin
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Sep 01, 2009 | ISBN 9781583228784

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“The training wheels come off in Douglas A. Martin’s latest novel, Once You Go Back, a coming-of-age tale that pedals through the trappings of childhood and adolescence with grace … Martin’s intense, unhindered prose style renders his characters’ degrees of growth and alienation all the more powerful.” Time Out New York

“A gripping story about trust, family, loneliness, and displacement … This novel is for anyone who ever felt lonely, for anyone who ever felt like they did not belong.” –Kristina LePage, Adirondack Review

“… A poignant and semi-autobiographical novel … Martin’s highly poetic writing style is an example of high-brow literature in its prime.” Feminist Review

“There is a reverence in Douglas Martin’s writing composed of equal parts language and love.” –Dale Peck

“Lonely, understated and heart-breaking, Once You Go Back will haunt you like a familiar face that has emerged and then fallen back into a dream.” –Mary Gaitskill

“[Outline of My Lover] is full of hard-won, fraught, unsparing emotional truth. It is a love story between a raw and damaged boy-narrator and a famously mysterious rock star. But more than that, it is a piece of stylish and ferociously sharp prose. I love its fierce concentration and levels of obsession.” –Colm Tóibín


Lambda Literary Award FINALIST 2010

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