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"A standout novel about going home, where old girlfriends, awkward funerals, deeply buried parental secrets and naked, drunken, nocturnal escapades irritate a man like scabs of his squandered youth and misspent adulthood.

When Chase returns to his hometown in the Poconos, his father has just died, his wife has left him, he lost his job as a journalist, and his sister waste
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Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published January 5th 2013 by Analog Publishing
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Larry H
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

Full disclosure: I received an advance readers copy of this book from NetGalleys in exchange for an unbiased review.

Chase Stoller's life is kind of falling apart. He's lost his job as a reporter, his marriage is over in all but the legal sense, and to top it off, his estranged father has just died. He now must return to his hometown in the Poconos, a place he doesn't have many warm feelings for, and face his unresolved feelings about his childhood. Plus, his brother, Aaro
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Debbie Ann
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very clever book about a man returning home to a dysfunctional family and dying father. Chase's (the protagonist) problem is not simply the chaos of family, but also the chaos of Chase, who struggles with alcohol, sex addiction and obsessive sarcasm and obnoxiousness. People aren't necessarily attracted to him, but eventually the reader finds themselves drawn to him, because the writer allows us to understand more than the world sees.

Grant has a very keen sense of humor and handles the complex s
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Wendy Hines
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ways of Leaving is a well written novel about a time in one man's life that seems like an extra double helping of undesirables. Poor Chase - not only is he going through a divorce, but he just lost his job and now his brother wants him to come home and help with their ailing father. He tries to keep calm and ride the storm but he is angry.

He's angry at everything and it's his anger that sometimes creates moments of laugh out loud humor and other moments of stunned disbelief. He makes some poor
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R.l.
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. It was really well done. You start with a guy whose life is literally coming apart at the seams, if there ever really were any seams. Add beautiful narrative and an engaging voice and style, and you've got a story that you can't put down. And one that leaves you thinking about it well after the story is over.
As a writer myself, this is one of those novels that makes me ask myself what in the heck I think I'm doing trying to write a book and wishing I could be this good.
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Anna
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We all can identify with the main character, Chase, in a way.
The novel is a journey into one's very self with all their weaknesses.The story becomes a deep analysis of how we tend to judge people easily without attemping to find out real reasons for their decisions and behavior. However, the novel doesn't become severe criticism of human weakneses but it shows that life is about constant remaking and improving of our life and ourselves.

The vivid depiction of scenes makes a reader engrossed in C
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Chris
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! The author puts words together in such clever and intriguing ways that he gently pulls the reader in and forces a look at life through the eyes of a conflicted quick minded main character.

There is little doubt that the author deals with difficult topics but scattered throughout the text are bursts of humor which are so well played and unexpected that I literally laughed out loud.

I'll read this book again as I'm sure there are nuances sprinkled throughout that I missed the firs
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Craig Allen
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll go between 3.5 and 4 stars. Really good read about a man named Chase, who has recently lost his distant father and returns home to his brother and mentally ill sister. Chase must address his womanizing, self destructive ways while dealing with loss. The thing I liked the most about this book was the dialogue. It was well written and quick witted. Chase was a very well developed character that I was very invested in by the end. ...more
Peggy Roberson
I was very disappointed after reading the first few pages of this book. It wasn't anything like I had expected the reviews and the synopsis to be like, and thought about giving up, but I continued reading. What a mistake!! To me, the main part of the book was about sex - any way the main character could find to hook up with a waitress, an old classmate, etc. I don't want to give any more away about the characters, but the sex parts were very crudely written. An example - How many words can you u ...more
Morninglight Mama
Wayward child returns home for parent’s funeral, and forced to be among family members from whom he has been distant, he faces a whirlwind of personal challenges all in a short period of time. I’ve read novels that follow this basic premise before, but I have to admit that I haven’t met a character exactly like Chase Stoller in any of them. In this novel, a series of disaster after disaster await Chase, some brought on by fate or bad luck, and others clearly a result of his own terrible judgment ...more
Dan
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chase Stoller’s life is a wreck’ his wife left him, he lost his job, his estranged father just passed away and his brother who doesn’t care for wants him to come back home. And his beloved sister is in a mental institution. Going back home means he has to deal with what life throws at him head on.

You would think with a guy like Chase with so much going against him, how could you like him, but Grant Jarret writes with a way that you do like Chase and hope for the best. At times, it is funny, sarc
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Denise
This book made me laugh out loud at times. Some of the humor reminded me of Jonathan Tropper who I adore. But somewhere along the way, I started losing interest and the jokes lost their glimmer.
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