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Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
  

Heading Out to Wonderful

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A simple tragedy elegantly told. In a post war small town America everyone is happy, gainfully employed and the future is rosy. The rich landowner wants a wife and ‘buys’ a beautiful poor farmer’s daughter, Sylvan. Then into town rolls Charlie Beale – trouble! And so the drama begins. Gently written yet completely captivating, this is a beautiful book. Sylvan and Charlie fall in love. Her rich husband has made no demands on her bar her fidelity. He has bought her parents’ farm and part of the deal is that if she ever leaves him they will be evicted. With a Romeo and Juliet climax, this shows how a small town is able to absorb tragedy and move on, for the pattern of life remains the same. He is an excellent writer.

If you like Robert Goolrick you might also like to read books by Lily Tuck, Kathleen MacMahon and Graeme Simsion.

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Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick

A stranger. A small town. The wife of the town's richest man. There's no stopping what's about to happen in this searing new novel from million copy bestseller, Robert Goolrick. It is the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, back from war in Europe, shows up in the sleepy town of Brownsburg, Virginia. All he has with him are two suitcases: one contains a fine set of butcher knives; the other is full of money. Charlie should have turned around and walked back the other way, for what follows - the most passionate and tragic story of a forbidden love affair - will threaten to destroy everything and everyone in its path.


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'I love Robert Goolrick's Heading Out to Wonderful. The novel's seductive power and the beauty of his writing create a delicious feast.' -- Kathryn Stockett author of The Help

'This is a beautiful story, told in the kind of sentences Edward Hopper might have written if he had been as good at writing as he was at painting. Darkly romantic, wholly evocative of its forties Virginia setting. He conjures up small town darkness wonderfully. Quite stunning. Read it now.' -- Matt Haig author of The Radleys

'Robert Goolrick has a warm and easy way with words . He's crafted a wily novel about place as well as passion, and as you turn the last page, you'll feel like you're leaving a tiny piece of your heart in Brownsburg.' Daily Mail

'Deliciously dark and dangerous' O, The Oprah Magazine

'Written with a beautiful sense of compassion Goolrick provides an excellent portrayal of the town's inherent separation, tradition and frustration . A novel of dreams versus reality, secrets and lies, this is a story of just how far someone can go when they are in love . A terrific read with elements of both The Great Gatsby and Romeo and Juliet. It will keep you on the edge of your seat until its shocking finale.' Daily Express

About the Author

Robert Goolrick's debut novel, A Reliable Wife, was a number 1 New York Times bestseller and sold over a million copies. He is also the author of the acclaimed memoir The End of the World as We Know It. He lives in a small Virginia town.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd October 2013

Author

Robert Goolrick

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099559153

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