The Other Side of the World
A NovelPaperback - 2012
"Epic... The Other Side of the World can charm you with its grace, intelligence and scope... [An] inventive novel."
--Mark Athitakis, The Washington Post
Charlie is a journeyman whose friend Nick convinces him to move to Singapore, where he falls in love with the vibrant and endangered world of nearby Borneo. One night, during a fight at a cocktail party in Singapore, Nick dies mysteriously, prompting Charlie to return to New England where he discovers that a former student has moved in with his father, Max, a former professor and source of unlimited sage expressions. Seana is a wildly successful and provocative writer who is equally wild andprovocative in life. Together, she and Charlie set out on a road trip of resolution where "weird things happen if you make room for them."
From the lush forests of Borneo to coastal Maine, The Other Side of the World is a grand, episodic novel and another virtuosic performance by one of America's most revered living writers.
Jay Neugeboren is the author, most recently, of the novel 1940 , and collection You Are My Heart and Other Stories . His previous novels have received the American Jewish Committee Award and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. His stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic , Tikkun , GQ , Newsweek , The New York Times , and The New York Review of Books . He was the writer-in-residence for many years at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and currently lives in New York City.