cover image of FROM AWAYDavid Carkeet may be one of the funniest novelists you’ve never heard of. In his first novel in 12 years, Carkeet introduces us to Denny Braintree, an unmistakably obnoxious yet somehow inescapably likable fellow. Denny writes for a model railroad enthusiasts’ magazine. Denny runs his car off the road on the way back from an assignment, and winds up stranded in snowy small-town Vermont. Smart but almost aggressively socially awkward, he immediately gets caught up in a tangle of crime, intrigue, and mistaken identity. In the process of extricating himself: thereby hangs the hilarious and very humane tale.

5 stars