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Latitudes - A Story of Coming Home

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  22 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A coming of age novel about a boy overcoming divorce and cultural dislocation. 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 L ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 30th 2012 by Hope Mountain Press (first published June 27th 2012)
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Teressa Morris
Jun 29, 2012 Teressa Morris rated it really liked it
Latitudes is a very intense story of childhood and family relationships, and how, as we get older, those relationships change.

Our family recently went through the trauma of a foreclosure and move, all at the same time my youngest was graduating high school. One thing Art and I kept reminding each other and the children was "we still have each other." That stability of our family staying together really helped us all to make it through that rough time.

In the book, Will struggles throughout his ch
Dec 21, 2012 Eline rated it liked it
Wow... difficult book to review. I liked it, I really did, but I also found it somewhat strange. "Latitudes - A Story of Coming Home" tells us the story of Will Kogan and his road to adulthood. I think we can see this book as a kind of Bildungsroman because we see the long road Will travels from a child with little knowledge of the world to a teenager who wishes he never had to learn the world as good as he did. It's a difficult road with many obstacles and Will has to take them all. He can't ig ...more
May 19, 2013 Joanna rated it liked it
First of all, I should say I went to college with Anthony Caplan (I am struggling not to refer to him as Tony, oops) and he sent me a copy of his book for review. I probably wouldn't have picked it up for myself.

That said, I quite liked it. If Goodreads allowed fractional stars, my rating would have been more of a 3.5 or 3.8.

Good: He has a delicate way with a sentence, at times achieving a quasi-James-Salter-esque style of shimmering reminiscence and narrative subtlety. I appreciated how the mai
Jun 26, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Latitudes: A Story of Coming Home (Anthony Caplan, Hope Mountain Press 2012) could be considered a coming of age story, but rather than seeking answers to the questions that plague all of us as we come of age and continue “becoming,” Latitudes offers various perspectives on the different aspects of this process. Family, religion, belonging, peer relationships, and self-discovery are all themes running throughout the novel.

Will, a relatable and ultimately likable character, is presented to us bot
Sep 09, 2012 Malla rated it really liked it
This beautifully written work carries a poignant undertone of love lost and how we will always search to find it. The break up of Will's family is dramatic and charged yet Will manages to find ways to cope. Written in biographical tones, it seems that Will becomes stronger the more he suffers, and yet the scars remain, deeply hidden. Coming of age entails an eventual acceptance of the past when Will openly grieves for his mother. Delicate, subtle, deeply powerful, this is a book about the human ...more
Roberto Mattos
Sep 20, 2012 Roberto Mattos rated it really liked it
This book is a masterpiece in terms of analyzing the psychological effects of a broken marriage into the mind of a young boy, how he deals with that and how he finds his way in life in his quest to feel belonging to a community, to a group, to a family.
The author did a superb job creating a set of characters with complex personalities. The plot develops through Chapters alternating life in the USA and Venezuela. Our main character, Will, suffers with the initial separation of his parents and sub
Tiffany Cole
Jul 24, 2012 Tiffany Cole rated it really liked it
Latitudes is a story about life - specifically, Will's life from youth until adulthood. Simply put, it's a bildungsroman. Apart from the prologue, which begins in California in 2009, the story is mostly in chronological order. 1966 is the actual starting point. Will is a child, probably no older than five. His sister Marina is the new baby, and his sister Jeanette is yet to be born, let alone conceived. The moment you start reading, it's easy to tell that there won't be a solid plot with steps ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Grady rated it it was amazing
'The life urge is ever present in the most extraordinary places.'

LATITUDES covers a lot of territory both physically and emotionally and author Anthony Caplan manages to navigate this difficult tale with finesse. His technique of relating the story in brief chapters, each with a title of place and time, helps keep the bifurcated life of young Will - a lad who is the son of a father committed to a life in Venezuela and a mother who prefers to maintain her residency in the USA - manageable for the
Ruth Hill
Sep 18, 2012 Ruth Hill rated it liked it
This book was very difficult for me to get into. I struggled to connect with the characters and the story line, and I will say up front that this is probably not my kind of book. Much of the story did not grab my attention, but it's not the author's fault in any way. It is just my personal preference and not necessarily my cup of tea.

I did enjoy the little historical and cultural references that the author interjected into the story. I had never considered the difficulties and even social stigma
Reader's Paradise
Sep 27, 2012 Reader's Paradise rated it liked it
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Growing up, life in general can be hard, but when faced with divorce a family can be devastated. The parents trying to find their emotional sanctuary, fighting, and trying to find reasoning. But what about the children, when your parents are all you know? The children don’t know where to go, or what to do, or how to act!

Will’s story takes place in two different part of the world, growing up in Venezuela and the U.S. dealing with the dissolution of his family core, the self-destruction of his mot
Jul 01, 2012 Marsha rated it liked it
I began reading “Latitudes A Story of Coming Home” by Anthony Caplan on Friday. Because it was a novel I knew that I would have to begin the book uninterrupted, at least until the plot was developed. I restarted reading the book on Saturday, for me this is not good. As I got into the book I realized that it really was not ‘my kinda’ book’. BUT before you decide not to read it you must understand why.
“Latitudes” is a plot rich book requiring a lot of foundational information once the reader unde
Toni Sinns
Jul 23, 2012 Toni Sinns rated it really liked it
Latitude is a great plot line, well written, highly described, web of the ins and out of Will's life. I would recommend this to people whom read a lot. However I would not recommend it to people that just randomly pick up a book now and again. It isn't the easy to page through stories that some books are. This one includes having to use your mind. (Which I love when I have to engage myself with the story.) You have to keep straight who is who and which person did what and how this affects this a ...more
Brian Bigelow
Jun 24, 2012 Brian Bigelow rated it really liked it
I am reading a preview copy for this review.

This is a wonderfully engaging story that is well written and edited and has drawn me in. I'm having a difficult time putting it down. Following the lives of the children around the world is quite interesting with the way the author has presented their story.
Nov 17, 2012 Jane rated it it was ok
I am over half way through this book. It just has not caught my attention. But if you stick with it, you can get into the book about half way through. Could not finish it.
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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, (the last for only a month, but one week he did win a four tape set of the greatest hits of George Jones for selling the most copies of Time-Life’s The Loggers.) Cur ...more
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