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A DANGEROUS WOMAN Martha Horgan was never like the other girls. In high school she was teased by her classmates because she stared at them in such a strange way. When their rejection of her culminates in a horrifying experience, Martha withdraws completely and spends the rest of her life paying the price of that trauma in ways neither she nor the people in her small Vermont town can comprehend. As a young woman Martha remains innocent of the complexities and compromises of adult life. And though she is subject to the cravings of any normal woman-for love, independence, and companionship-Martha's relentless honesty makes her painfully vulnerable to the thoughtless and deceitful ways of the people in her world: Frances, her wealthy aunt and begrudging guardian; Birdy, who takes her under her wing and then cruelly expels her; and the manic and seductive Colin Mackey, who preys on Martha's desires. Confused, hurt, and bitter, distrusting even those with her best interests at heart, Martha is propelled into a chaotic series of excruciating realizations and, ultimately, a desperate and dangerous attempt to gain control over her life. In this new novel-and in the character of Martha Horgan especially-Mary McGarry Morris reveals once again her remarkable talent for illuminating the underpinnings of the human spirit. Readers will find themselves enthralled with this absorbing and eloquent portrait of a small community and the people it embraces and ostracizes.
After twenty-five years in prison for a senseless juvenile murder, Gordon Loomis returns to a changed world. His old neighborhood is blighted by drug dealers a nd neglected property. His brother, Dennis, a successful oral surgeon, tries to help but is torn by his own fears and failings. Gordon's persistent visitor, the flamboyant Delores Dufault, yearns to be part of his new life, but he is as afraid of relationships as he is of being sent back to jail. Also drawn to Gordon's decency and vulnerability is thirteen-year-old Jada Fossum, an unloved child of the streets. Her desperate struggle to survive threatens the fragile balance that is Gordon's freedom. Graced with Morris's signature command of dialogue, her talent for creating vivid, unforgettable characters, and her masterful use of suspense, A Hole in the Universe is a riveting story of forgiveness ^ and redemption from "one of the most skillful authors at work in America today" (Michiko Kakulaoni, The New York Times).
A tautly told tale of psychological tension and chilling moral complexity, "The Last Secret" accelerates to a shattering conclusion as it explores the irreparable consequences of one family's crimes of the heart.
Light from a Distant Star is a gripping coming-of-age story with a brutal murder at its heart and a heroine as unforgettable as Harper Lee's "Scout."It is early summer and Nellie Peck is on the cusp of adolescence - gangly, awkward, full of questions, but keenly observant and wiser than many of the adults in her life. The person she most admires is her father, Benjamin, a man of great integrity. His family's century old hardware store is failing and Nellie's mother has had to go back to work. Nellie's older half-sister has launched a disturbing search for her birth father. Often saddled through the long, hot days with her timid younger brother, Henry, Nellie is determined to toughen him up. And herself as well.Three strangers enter Nellie's protected life. Brooding Max Devaney is an ex-con who works in her surly grandfather's junkyard. Reckless Bucky Saltonstall has just arrived from New York City to live with his elderly grandparents. And pretty Dolly Bedelia is a young stripper who rents the family's small, rear apartment and becomes the titillating focus of Nellie's eavesdropping.When violence erupts in the lovely Peck house, the prime suspect seems obvious. Nellie knows who the real murderer is, but is soon silenced by fear and the threat of scandal. The truth, as she sees it, is shocking and unthinkable, and with everyone's eyes riveted on her in the courtroom, Nellie finds herself seized with doubt.No one will listen. No one believes her, and a man's life hangs in the balance. A stunning evocation of innocence lost, Light from a Distant Star stands as an incredibly moving and powerful novel from one of America's finest writers.From the Hardcover edition.
Since the publication of her astonishing debut, Vanished, Mary McGarry Morris has been compared to John Steinbeck and Carson McCullers, and widely praised as "a superb storyteller- (The Washington Post) and "one of our finest American writers" (The Miami Herold). Now, in her sixth novel, Morris has achieved new heights with her riveting chronicle of the Talcotts, a family in rural Vermont during the Great Depression. Abandoned by his beautiful wife, Irene. Henry and their two young children, Thomas and Margaret, spend that summer in a tent on the edge of Black Pond. Henry, an itinerant butcher. struggles to provide for them. but often must leave them alone as he travels the country in search of work. And while Henry loves his children deeply, he is devastated by their mother's desertion. He has not told them why she left or if she'll return. When Mrs. Phyllis Farley, a prosperous neighbor, begins to woo the children as companions for her strange, housebound son, Henry must weigh an unusual proposition, the consequences of which may cost him everything. Powerfully imagined and intensely felt. The Lost Mother is a haunting masterwork and Mary McGarry Morris's strongest novel to date.
Marie is a strong but vulnerable divorced woman, whose ambitions for her chidren and loneliness make her easy prey for a con man.
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