From the author of the "lyrical and compelling" (USA Today) novel A Good American comes a powerful story of two friends and the unintended consequences of friendship, loss, and hope.
For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous—and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan's budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park. It's there that Nathan's boundless capacity for optimism threatens to overwhelm them both, and where they learn some harsh truths about family, desire, and revenge.
Unforgettable and heart-breaking, Setting Free the Kites is a poignant and moving exploration of the pain, joy, and glories of young friendship.
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"In portraying characters with range of ages and personalities, narrator Ari Fliakos does a masterful job of narrating this moving audiobook. The coming-of-age story involves the friendship between Robert Carter, who is being bullied, and Nathan Tilly, the new kid in eighth grade who intervenes and subsequently gives Robert a new way to look at the world. Fliakos captures the personality of a young man who is learning much from the people in his life in the short time before he enters high school. There's sadness: Robert's brother is dying from a hereditary disease. And first love: Nathan seeks the attention of a girl at the amusement park where they both work. Fliakos succeeds in his narration of all the facets of the story. S.P.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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