By Deborah Smith
Two decades in the past, Claire Maloney was once the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most valuable relatives, yet that did not cease her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted-out trailer amid junked vehicles. not anyone in Dunderry, Georgia--least of all Claire's family--could comprehend the bond among those mavericks. yet Roan and Claire belonged together...until the darkish afternoon whilst violence and terror overtook them, and Roan disappeared from Claire's existence. Now, 20 years later, Claire is adrift, and the Maloneys are nonetheless hoping the previous will be buried less than the wealthy Southern soil. yet Roan Sullivan is ready to stroll again into their lives....By turns delicate and attractive and heartbreaking and exuberant, a spot to name house is a charming trip among hearts--and a deliciously unique novel from essentially the most innovative and beautiful new voices in Southern fiction.
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I shrieked. " "Those skinny-assed shitbirds," Grandpa said under his breath. Roanie was hanging on to the mailbox in that downpour. He had no raincoat, no umbrella, no nothing except a plastic garbage bag pulled tight around his shoulders like a cape. His books were scattered in the weeds, and the way he and the mailbox leaned, it wasn't clear which one was going to fall down first. But as soon as he saw another car he turned, staggered, fell, got up, and ran down the Hollow's mud-slicked driveway.
Carlton" Uncle Dwayne said. " Uncle Dwayne stuck a hand in Carlton's pocket and pulled out two wadded-up dollar bills. And that was that. Uncle Dwayne hauled Carlton off to find Uncle Eugene and Aunt Arnetta, Carlton's folks. Daddy let go of Roanie Sullivan. "Go on. " "He pulled that knife, Holt," Uncle Pete said behind me. Daddy scowled. " "Forget about it, Pete. " Roanie stared at me. I held his gaze as if hypnotized. Isolation radiated from him like an invisible shield, but there was this gleam in his eyes, made up of surprise and gratitude and suspicion, bearing on me like concentrated fire, and I felt singed.
Edna Fae's latest husband was stretched out on a couch under a tree. His mouth was open. He snored. His shirt was unbuttoned and he had one hand jammed down the front of his jeans. "May the Lord bless us for our bounty and help us help those who cannot help themselves," Aunt Dockey said as she pulled up the parking brake of her Cadillac. "Amen," Mama said. "Please wash this place clean of sin," intoned Sarah Kehoe, Mama's first cousin, from the backseat. "And please punish men who have ten dollars to waste," added Mama's older sister, Irene.
A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith