Old Newgate Road

Old Newgate Road by Keith Scribner takes place in East Granby, CT where growing tobacco for cigar wrapping was once the principal business. The main character returns home to his old house from Portland, OR, taking a break from a collapsed marriage and a flailing teenage son. He is there to pick up a load of wood for shipment to his contracting business. He goes to the family home, which has been deserted for years, except that it is no longer. His elderly father, jailed for murdering his mother, has been freed and has taken up residence. A cascade of memories complicates the question of what kind of forgiveness is possible. This is a compelling read about family dynamics and conflict.