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No Way Home: A Memoir of Life on the Run

Tyler Wetherall



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St Martin's Press
26 April 2018
Memoirs; True crime; Organised crime
Tyler had lived in thirteen houses and five countries by the time she was nine. She didn't think this was strange until Scotland Yard showed up in her bucolic English village, and she discovered her family had been living a lie. Her father was a fugitive, and their family name was an alias.

In 1985, two years after Tyler was born, her parents went on the run with the three young children. They spent the next few years travelling across Europe, assuming different identities, living in a series of beautiful places. Now her dad had fled once more, except this time he didn't take her with him.

On her 12th birthday Scotland Yard followed Tyler to the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, where her father was eventually captured. It was over the summers spent visiting her dad in prison in California, as she grew into an increasingly self-destructive teenager, that he told her the truth about his criminal life. He had been a pot smuggler in the seventies, and his organisation had bought in marijuana worth nearly a half billion dollars from Thailand.
By:   Tyler Wetherall
Imprint:   St Martin's Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   436g
ISBN:   9781250112194
ISBN 10:   1250112192
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   26 April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tyler Wetherall is a freelance writer living and working in New York City. She has written for The Guardian, The Times, and The Irish Independent. Her short fiction has been published in The Gettysburg Review and others.

Reviews for No Way Home: A Memoir of Life on the Run

Wonderfully suspenseful and an unexpected page-turner, this story of an immensely likable family under an incredible strain will stay with readers. --Booklist Unique and intriguing [...] a model for how to tell a weird, complicated story in a way that will make the reader hang on tight for the whole ride. --Arts Fuse What do you do when you realize you've been living a lie? By age nine, Tyler Wetherall had lived in 15 houses in five different countries. That's when she learned that her father was a fugitive and her family was on the run, taking on different identities and fleeing through Europe. No Way Home: A Memoir of Life on the Run is Wetherall's story of growing up a fugitive's daughter. In the process, she learns about his past and confronts her own. --HelloGiggles Compelling...[Wetherall's] prose is graceful and inventive. --Brooklyn Based '[A] searing and heart-wrenching coming-of-age memoir...Wetherall is a beautiful writer, but what makes this memoir so unique is her ability to seamlessly blend a propulsive tale of buried secrets and familial betrayal with a tender father-daughter story about the difficult road to, and power of, forgiveness. --LitHub A memoir in the vein of The Glass Castle, No Way Home is about the author's unconventional childhood and growing up--unknowingly--on the run from the FBI. --PureWow In this searing memoir about love, loss, lies, and growing up on the run, Tyler Wetherall recounts her childhood experience being the daughter of a fugitive who spent years hiding himself and his family from the authorities. Fascinating and altogether moving, No Way Home is an unforgettable page-turner that proves the truth really is stranger than fiction. --Bustle Revealing and emotionally nuanced, Wetherall's book probes the dark underside of family relationships to uncover the meaning of acceptance and forgiveness. A compassionate memoir of self-discovery. --Kirkus Reviews In this wondrous and richly detailed coming-of-age story, Tyler Wetherall follows the breadcrumbs of her childhood to discover a family home that is unlike any other. Conveying her weighty and extraordinary story in beautiful, stirringly musical prose, Wetherall reminds us that there is always more than one way to go home. --Katy Lederer, author of Poker Face Lucid, tender, exquisitely re-imagined, and compulsively readable. Wetherall recalls her fugitive childhood with eyes wide open, following her finely tuned instincts back to the dark center of love. Wetherall reminds us that home is the story we choose again and again. --Jessica Nelson, author of If Only You People Could Follow Directions Heart-wrenching and stunning. With wisdom and vulnerability, Tyler Wetherall writes in beautiful prose about her childhood as a fugitive on the run from the FBI, only to come to the devastating realization that her father was not the man she thought he was. A father-daughter story about the power of family, love, and forgiveness. --Christina McDowell, author of After Perfect No Way Home is that rare thing: a delicious page-turner that's also a wise and moving memoir. Hilarious, redemptive and deeply loving, Tyler Wetherall's bizarre childhood would make a gripping story all by itself, but she is a gifted enough writer to have turned that drama into art. I stayed up all night to finish it. --Laurie Penny, author of Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults

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