A memoir of growing up on the run―and what happens when it comes to a stop.
“Wetherall has written a luminous memoir that no one who reads it will soon forget… She conveys her exceptional yet familiar experiences in language that makes the reader stop and savor… Witty and eloquent.” —The Washington Post
"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
"Fascinating and altogether moving, No Way Home is an unforgettable page-turner that proves the truth really is stranger than fiction." —Bustle, The 11 New Memoirs Everyone Will Be Talking About This Spring
"[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, '20 Books you Should Read this April'
“No Way Home is that rare thing: a delicious page-turner that’s also a wise and moving memoir." —Laurie Penny, author of Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults
Tyler had lived in thirteen houses and five countries by the time she was nine. A willful and curious child, she never questioned her strange upbringing, that is, until Scotland Yard showed up outside her ramshackle English home, and she discovered her family had been living a lie: Her father was a fugitive and her name was not her own.
In sunny California, ten years earlier, her father’s criminal organization first came to the FBI’s attention. Soon after her parents were forced on the run taking their three young children with them, and they spent the following years fleeing through Europe, assuming different identities and hiding out in a series of far-flung places. Now her father was attempting one final escape―except this time, he couldn’t take her with him.
In this emotionally compelling and gripping memoir, Tyler Wetherall brings to life her fugitive childhood, following the threads that tie a family together through hardship, from her parents’ first meeting in 1960s New York to her present life as a restless writer unpacking the secrets of her past. No Way Home is about love, loss, and learning to tell the story of our lives.
Praise for No Way Home
"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. Relocating from Marin Country to Rome to the South of France to the West Country of England, inhabiting several different identities and names, the externals of Wetherall's life correspond poignantly to the ever-shifting and sometimes painful vicissitudes of youth and adolescence. 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
"Tyler Wetherall's debut memoir, No Way Home, is 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
"With wisdom and vulnerability, Tyler Wetherall writes in beautiful prose about her childhood as a fugitive on the run from the FBI, only to discover 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. No Way Home is a heart-wrenching and stunning read." ―Christina McDowell, author of After Perfect
“Wetherall has written a luminous memoir that no one who reads it will soon forget…“Before” has the feeling of a thriller told from the point of view of innocence. It’s an arresting, absorbing read as we come to know Tyler the child, the youngest in her family and, it would seem, the most attuned to the unspoken and unspeakable…Witty and eloquent.”—The Washington Post, Review
“When high profile criminals are caught, their stories make headlines – but less is said about the processing done by the families left behind. Tyler Wetherall’s No Way Home is a brave and vulnerable attempt to do just that… Her memoir recounts a beautifully detailed story about family, felony, and the redemption that writing itself can offer to those we love.” —New Statesman, Review
"'[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, 20 Books you Should Read this April
“Wonderfully suspenseful and an unexpected page-turner, this story of an immensely likable family under an incredible strain will stay with readers.” —Booklist, Review
“This is a book for lovers of The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Tyler weaves her own crazy tale.” —InStyle, ‘The Best New Books To Read In 2018’
"[Wetherall] deftly navigates the reader through different moments, years, and perspectives, the connective tissue between her past and present working to understand what had happened and what it meant."—The Last Magazine, 'Tyler Wetherall turns history into memory in her memoir No Way Home'
“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.” —The Arts Fuse, Review
"Wetherall’s captivating No Way Home is a reminder that our actions affect not only our own paths but also the lives of everyone close to us." —BookPage, Review
"Fugitive-Lit? We're in! This soul-searching, true story of Tyler Wetherall's rocky childhood, spent on the run with her father in his quest to escape the police, is a beautiful coming-of-age read."—Cosmopolitan
"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, 12 Books to Read in April 2018
"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, The 11 New Memoirs Everyone Will Be Talking About This Spring
"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, Review
"Compelling...[Wetherall's] prose is graceful and inventive." —Brooklyn Based, Review
"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, Books Coming out this Week
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CrimeReads, Letters from My Father in Prison
Narratively, My Childhood on the Run from the FBI
BBC World Service - Outlook, Interview
Good Life Project, Interview
The Future is Beautiful, Interview
The Type A Creative, Interview and Book Club
Condé Nast Traveler, Women Who Travel: Traveling with a Fugitive Father
The Tell, Storytelling
Interview, The Riff Raff Podcast
Interview, Papertrail Podcast
Live Wires, BBC Radio Five Live