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'Slow Air' captures journey into adulthood

When the distillery explodes in the opening pages of Tom Averill's new novel, young Dillon Cork stows away evidence of the illegal operation before authorities arrive. Years later, when he and friend Ewan MacPherson revisit the thrice-distilled casks of Kansas whiskey, refined by Cork's granddad and Ewan's father, the brew tastes "mellow, rich, complex," different from any Scotch Ewan has ever tasted.


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