18 June, 2013

Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick [Kathy, Collections, Orewa]

Robert Goolrick has a writing style that is a pleasure to read. From the first sentence 'the thing is, all memory is fiction' I was drawn in to the story of a small American town and the unique characters that live there.

It's set in Virginia in 1948 -'the kind of town that existed in the years right after the war, where the terrible American wanting hadn't touched yet'.

Charlie Beale arrives in town with his butchers knives and a case full of money (which is never explained). He gets a job with the local butcher Will, and settles in to life in Brownsburg. Will's five year old son Sam is captivated by Charlie and the man and boy spend a lot of time together. Things start to get murky when Charlie falls for Sylvan Glass, the young wife of the town's richest resident. The resulting love affair brings tragic consequences; nothing like I'd expected.

Goolrick's descriptions create vivid images in your mind of the setting and the people which remain well after you finish the book. I was a bit disappointed by the way everything turned out in the end but still think this is a great story by a talented writer.

Title: Heading Out to Wonderful
Author: Robert Goolick
ISBN: 9781565129238
Published: 2012
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

 - Kathy, Collections, Orewa

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