Paul Theroux is the author of numerous works of fiction, including Blinding Light, Hotel Honolulu, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, and The Mosquito Coast. His travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Dark Star Safari, and The Great Railway Bazaar. His newest novel, A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta, was published earlier this year. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
At a 50th high school reunion, a well-known traveler recalls his pride in the hometown he was so eager to leave behind