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Sons from Afar (The Tillerman Series #6) (1991 original; edició 1996)

de Cynthia Voigt (Autor)

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Six years after coming to live with their grandmother, James and Sammy Tillerman go in search of their long-lost father.
Títol:Sons from Afar (The Tillerman Series #6)
Autors:Cynthia Voigt (Autor)
Informació:Simon Pulse (1996), 256 pages
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Sons from Afar de Cynthia Voigt (1991)

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Growing up in a traditional nuclear family I seldom tried to imagine any other reality. Voigt's Tillerman Cycle was published after my middle- and high-school tenure, when exposure to different family structures would have stretched me, to say the least, in positive ways.

With attention to the details of each character's speech, mannerisms, and interior dialog, Voigt breathes vibrant life into these memorable protagonists. The development of adolescent identity without a parent, or without both, unspools with confident pacing that kept me turning the pages.

I will miss the Tillermans. ( )
  rebwaring | Aug 14, 2023 |
So hard to believe this is the same author who wrote the masterpiece that is A Solitary Blue. James is a whiny emo inconsistent uncommunicative teenager, which sounds accurate but Voigt's other teenage characters seemed authentic without being irritating to the max.

There's a literal page about James walking through the mud in rain too emo to use an umbrella or avoid puddles (the narrative SPECIFIES this) letting the rain plaster his hair to his head and fall down his cheeks like tears which he liked because then he could pretend he's crying to himself while not really because real men don't cry. Page 102, check it out if you hate yourself.

I could see what Voigt was trying to do with James wanting to find his father and complete the story of their family history, what not growing up with a father figure could do, but the whole scenario rang false because the family isn't lacking in love or direction or support or parenting in any way. The entire premise of this book felt shoehorned into being a problem just so the author could write another book.

Also the scene of the family thinking it might not be a bad idea to set up 14-year-old Maybeth with her 28-year-old piano teacher "for her protection" was a whole new level of effed up.

I forced myself to sit through Bullet's racism in The Runner because at least Voigt attempted to deal with that issue, but I'm not doing it again with James' unchallenged fatphobia and misogyny. ( )
  hissingpotatoes | Dec 28, 2021 |
Rich, thoughtful, and nuanced.

It would be a five-star read if not for a strange weight-loss minor theme that I could have done without. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
Book six in the Tillerman series, is told from the dual perspectives of Sammy and James. James is now 16, Sammy 12.
James begins to wonder about their father, and convinces Sammy to go along with him on a quest of sorts to see what he can find out about the man they never knew. Sammy doesn't care, but is willing to humor James. They find out a little... but not much. About the time James decides their father isn't much worth finding out about, Sammy begins to wonder, and the two take off in a different direction, leading to an alarming encounter (and I think the least plausible encounter in the entire series so far) when the two boys attempt to question a burly, half-drunken sailor about their father. The best moments in the book are when the two wildly different brothers are inwardly comparing themselves to each other.
Much better than "The Runner," which was a distinctly unpleasant book in the series, but not up to par with "Homecoming," "Dicey's Song," or "Come a Stranger" either. ( )
  fingerpost | Feb 28, 2019 |
James and Sammy Tillerman couldn’t be more different: brainy James struggles to make friends and tends to overthink things, while athletic Sammy enjoys wide popularity but can be kind of thoughtless. One thing they do have in common is Francis Verriker, the father who abandoned their family before Sammy was even born. Sammy says the only reason he’d want to meet Francis would be to punch him in the face, but James has questions about why he is the way he is, and he wonders if meeting his father would give him some answers. He pulls unwilling Sammy into the quest, and when James’ interest flags, Sammy keeps the search on track. But can two teenagers with limited resources find a man who obviously doesn’t want to be found?

While this isn’t going to take a place among my favorites, it’s a solid entry in the series, recommended if you’ve gotten this far. The character development is top notch. ( )
  foggidawn | Jan 31, 2018 |
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