Tuesday, October 2nd @ 6:30pm - Dennis Vaughn discusses and signs "The Longboat"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Dennis Vaughn to the store to discuss and sign The Longboat on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:30 pm. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store.
The Longboat is a family saga, spanning multiple generations and continents, focused on two Burmese boys who are brought to the United States and the challenges they face in adjusting to a Western world and to changes in their own relationship.
Grant Jensen, the publisher of a major Los Angeles newspaper, meets Aun San, a twelve-year-old orphan, while visiting Inle Lake in Burma with his wife in 1978. They are taken with Aun San because of his strong resemblance to their son who died in an accident for which they feel responsible. Aun San agrees to come to California to live with them on a temporary basis, but only if his best friend, Nyan Win, is allowed to come too. At the time, Aun San is working in his uncle’s blacksmith shop, and Nyan Win is a novice monk living in a monastery.
The story traces the increasingly complicated relationship between Aun San and Nyan Win as they progress, over a thirty year period, from inseparable best friends to antagonists. Elements of insecurity, jealousy, greed, dependence and resentment come to dominate their relationship. Conflicts in their backgrounds become significant issues: Aun San’s parents had been rebels killed by the Burmese military regime in which Nyan Win’s father was an officer. Their roles in the extended family also diverge dramatically as time passes, with Aun San climbing the corporate ladder at the family newspaper while Nyan Win barely survives as an artist. The story ends in Inle Lake, where it began, as Aun San and Nyan Win are caught in the Saffron Revolution of 2007, in which monks marched against the repressive military junta ruling the country.
Dennis Vaughn entered the world of creative writing with his retirement from the practice of law some years ago. He graduated from Stanford University and from Stanford Law School where he served as Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He lives in Aspen most of the year and has written two novels, The Price of Revenge and The Longboat.
Copies of The Longboat will be available for sale at the event.