Old Newgate Road

A Novel
Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Old Newgate Road runs through the tobacco fields of northern Connecticut that once drove the local economy. It’s where Cole Callahan spent his youth, in a historic white colonial in which he hasn’t set foot in 30 years - not since he was a teenager, when one night his father murdered his mother in a fit of rage. Now Cole has returned to discover his elderly father, freed from prison, living alone in their old home and succumbing to dementia. 

Matters grow even more complicated when Cole’s rabble-rousing son Daniel is expelled from high school. So Cole summons Daniel to Connecticut to work in the tobacco fields - Cole’s own job growing up. Forced together, these three generations of men must contend with the sinister history they share - and desperately try to invent a future that isn’t doomed by it. 

©2019 Keith Scribner (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Old Newgate Road is very much about abuse: its sway over time, its resilience over the years and its power over us to delude ourselves. Yet Keith Scribner also reminds us that salvaging a life... ‘doesn’t happen in an instant - it’s not a simple decision, but an accumulation of generous acts, of kindness and taking care.’” (Steven Whitton, The Anniston Star)

“With extraordinary tact [and] alive with activity... vivid, memorable... [an] affecting novel about taking steps to move on from trauma.” (Claire Hopley, Washington Times)  

“Events and emotions long buried are unearthed, a home and childhood filled with rage, fear, violence and trauma are explored. Old Newgate Road shows us that one can escape from a broken home, but the shackles of abuse remain tightly in place.” (Albie Yuravich, Connecticut Magazine)

Old Newgate Road is a complex and introspective account of one family's plight of abuse and heartbreak that plagues each member for decades. Is there a possibility that long ago hurts can be mended and existing ones healed? Highly emotional, this novel offers much food for thought.” (Nancy Carty Lepri, New York Journal of Books)

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