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  • Location: Caribbean, Yemen, Kurdistan, Africa, Texas

Turbulent Wake

Turbulent Wake

Why a Booktrail?

2000s: A story of the indelible damage we do to those closest to us and, ultimately, of the power of redemption in a time of change.

  • ISBN: 978-1912374717
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

Ethan Scofield returns to the place of his birth to bury his father. Hidden in one of the upstairs rooms of the old man’s house he finds a strange manuscript, a collection of stories that seems to cover the whole of his father’s turbulent life.

As his own life starts to unravel, Ethan works his way through the manuscript, trying to find answers to the mysteries that have plagued him since he was a child. What happened to his little brother? Why was his mother taken from him? And why, in the end, when there was no one else left, did his own father push him away?


Travel Guide

Travel BookTrail style to the many locations of Turbulent Wake

The story opens in the Caribbean but that’s where any sense of paradise ends. From there, the search for answers takes the reader to Africa, Texas, various places in Africa and the deserts of Yemen. Throughout our narrator tells the story from a plane and then in Geneva but this setting is never fully realised. It’s not vital to the plot – what is important are the contrasts and dangers of the landscapes such as Yemen and Africa.

There’s a quote:

“The feeling of displacement intensifies as darkness increases.”

This also lends itself well to the use of locations in the novel. These are the chapters in the story read whilst on the plane. As the plane flies to one place, the reader is there with the main character. Memories come flooding in thick and fast. Locations and places are well evoked and each lay a fingerprint like a memory on Ethan’s book and indeed his heart. It’s a unique way of using and weaving time and place into a novel of past hopes, regrets and looking to the future.


Booktrail Boarding Pass: Turbulent Wake

Destination : Caribbean, Yemen, Kurdistan, Africa, Texas, Geneva Author/Guide: Paul Hardisty  Departure Time: 2000s

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