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Things Behind the Sun: A Novel

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Martin Gregory believes he has one last shot at emotionally connecting with the son he adopted seventeen years ago from the only woman he ever loved. A long road trip, he believes, could be the answer. But the boy has other ideas as the two of them navigate the past and contemplate the future during a summer journey through the American West. The trip uncovers long-held se ...more
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N.N. Light
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When is a road book not a road book? When is a story a journey but also the journey is the story? Is the road being traveled the key or is just traveling on a road the key?

This book leaves the reader with many interpretive questions. Undoubtedly this book shines as a stunning modern Kerouac. Written by a gifted author this book simply flows like a river running its natural course.

This is a book about Chase and his journey. This is also a book about Martin and his journey, Emily and her journey,
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Pat Camalliere
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story, and I loved the characters. Chase is a seventeen-year-old boy with the customary baggage of many boys that age, but more so because he has been raised by Martin. Martin is not Chase's father, but had been a close friend of his mother, who died shortly after Chase was born, asking Martin to adopt and raise her son. Martin is a good guy, and has done so to the best of his ability, sacrificing some of his personal ambitions. He has told Chase the circumstances of his birth, but ...more
Kelly McDonough
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Carefully and believably crafted story of a memorable man and his son. It's the author's attention to detail and, more importantly, to inner emotions that make this story as special as it is. David Berner travels deep into the depths of the human psyche and really explores what makes the characters tick. Most readers can relate to some part of the emotional elements of the story. There is young unrequited love...there is an honest and binding love...there are characters who are real and flawed.. ...more
Grady
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘Martin had come to measure his life…in time rather than in distance’ – A road trip

Having read and been deeply moved by David's ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE, this reader wrote the following: ‘Chicago author David W. Berner has been around the block - he is an award-winning journalist, writer, documentarian, and an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches Writing for Radio, Radio Storytelling, and Radio/Audio Documentary in the Radio Department at CCC. His essays and his b
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Naomi
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Martin adopted his son Chase seventeen years ago when the woman he loved died. Although he tried his best, the relationship between father and son is strained. Martin believes a road trip could solve their problems, but Chase is indecisive about his future. Will he run? Or will the two finally reconnect?

This book is an emotional coming of age story that emphasizes the struggle of growing up and understanding who you are. Chase doesn't have the full picture of who his birth parents were and, as a
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Julie
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was intrigued, just reading the blurb. Human relationships can be so tangled and complicated, and it is always interesting to get a peek behind the curtain, into the depths of someone's mind.

Martin adopted Chase as a baby from the love of Martin's life. After their relationship was over, his love became pregnant by a new boyfriend, but she soon learned she would not live to raise the baby and did not want the child's biological father involved.

This sets up quite a tangled web. Martin has, ov
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Veryan
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'Things Behind the Sun', is an emotionally charged story, set amongst stunning American scenery. It follows the struggle between an angst-ridden teenager's bid for the freedom to find himself and a honourable man coming to terms with letting his son go after fulfilling a promise to a dying friend. This lyrical and moving story is a must for anyone who has read Berner's, 'A Well Respected Man' - however, that said, Things Behind The Sun is a stand alone book, and highly recommended. ...more
Floyd Sullivan
Things Behind the Sun is a wonderfully realized story of love, devotion, and coming to terms with one's heritage and life commitments. The harsh but pure topography of the American West is lovingly described and deftly employed as metaphor for the landscapes of the characters' inner selves. A sequel to Berner's award winning A Well Respected Man, but a wonderful self-contained read on it's own. ...more
David W.  Berner
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
When you really work at a story, you tend to fall in love with it. That's what I did writing this book. I hope you love it as much as I do.

The story comes on the heels of my award-winning novel A Well-Respected Man. It is not a sequel, but a standalone story. However, it is a companion book, continuing the story of a father and a son, and long-held family secrets.

The most wonderful part of writing this book was revisiting the American West. The road trip the father and son embark on comes out o
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David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and teacher. As a writer, he has been the recipient of awards from the prestigious Society of Midland Authors and the Chicago Writers Association. David has more than forty years experience in broadcast journalism as a reporter, anchor, news director, and program director. He regularly contributes to the CBS Radio Network and has ...more

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