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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Latitudes: A Story of Coming Home

Anthony Caplan's Latitudes: A Story of Coming Home is a long, winding journey of a boy's coming-of-age story across two continents.

Will and his three sisters grow up in a fraught home in Caracas, Venezuela.  When his mother leaves on vacation, she takes the children with her--for good.  This leads to kidnapping back and forth until Will finally stays ends up in boarding school.  He heals through reconnecting with his mother and finding a side to his father that he couldn't know as a child. 

This was most definitely a coming-of-age story.  We watch Will grow up from a small child into a young man.  We watch him work summer jobs in New York City and in Venezuela.  We witness his coming to a point of acceptance in his relationships with each parent.  The most interesting points in this book, however, were not the family portions, but the confusion that surrounded each kidnapping and attempted kidnapping as told from the oldest child's perspective.  I also enjoyed watching Will go off to school when the action really picked up and became intriguing for this reader.  Watching Will find his place in school had a nice flow.

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