Heading Out to Wonderful (Hardcover)

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Robert Goolrick is a
master of Americana and his latest novel, Heading Out to Wonderful is
nothing short of perfect - beautifully dark, thrilling and completely
engrossing. Narrated by Sam Haislett as he recalls his youth in small
town, rural Virginia during the mid-1900s, it tells the story of Charlie
Beale, a mysterious and charming stranger. Charlie quickly lands a job
in the local butcher shop and befriends the butcher, his wife and their
son, Sam. The Haislett's make sure that Charlie quickly meets everyone
in the small town, including the glamorous, alluring Sylvan Glass, the
teenage wife of the most powerful man in town. Charlie and Sylvan begin
a sultry affair that leaves its mark on Sam for life and comes to alter
the town forever. It is an unforgettable story that will stay with you
for years to come.

— Bess

June 2012 Indie Next List


“True to what you'd expect from the author of A Reliable Wife, Goolrick's characters are enigmatic, imperfect, and do not behave according to society's dictates. The romance that erupts between Sylvan Glass, an unschooled country girl with dreams of Hollywood, and Charlie Beale, a newcomer to town, will change everyone in town in unexpected ways, most of all young Sam who bears witness to their fiery, ill-fated affair. A great read!”
— Connie Brooks, Battenkill Books, Cambridge, NY

Description


It is the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, recently back from the war in Europe, shows up in the town of Brownsburg, a sleepy village nestled in the Valley of Virginia. All he has with him are two suitcases: one contains his few possessions, including a fine set of butcher knives; the other is full of money. A lot of money. Heading Out to Wonderful is a haunting, heart-stopping novel of love gone terribly wrong in a place where once upon a time such things could happen.

About the Author


In addition to his most recent novel, The Fall of Princes, Robert Goolrick is the author of three other books: The End of the World as We Know It, a memoir; his first novel, A Reliable Wife, with sales of more than 1 million copies; and his second novel, Heading Out to Wonderful. He lives in Virginia.

Praise For…


“Doesn’t disappoint.”—John Searles, on NBC’s "Today"

“Fans of Goolrick's juicy debut novel A Reliable Wife—which spent 32 weeks on USA Today's Best-Selling Books list—can't wait for this follow-up.”—USAToday.com

“Deliciously dark and dangerous.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

“Within the heartbreak of this story, there is joy and beauty . . . In a year when so many of the books I’ve read have been lovely and memorable, Heading Out to Wonderful is my favorite. I could not possibly recommend it or any other book more highly.”—Literate Housewife

“Goolrick spins out his tale like a mountain ballad . . . Dreamers like Charlie will still try to blunder on to wonderful, and they're the ones whom poets will sing about and old men will remember.”
—Wilmington Star-News

“Robert Goolrick vividly evokes two lovers doomed by their place and their past.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“[A] poetic tale that simmers with foreboding atmosphere.”—Printers Row magazine, Chicago Tribune

“[An] unforgettable story of lost and displaced souls in search of identity, acceptance and belonging . . . Goolrick (A Reliable Wife) masterfully ratchets up the tension, while evocative sensory detail and spiritual overtones infuse the emotional landscape of a powerful, climactic novel that seeks to define and explore the meaning of love and goodness.”—Shelf Awareness

“Robert Goolrick is a master of emotive, suspense-driven drama.”—Flavorpill

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781565129238
ISBN-10: 1565129237
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: June 12th, 2012
Pages: 304
Language: English
 

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