Heading Out to Wonderful

Heading Out to Wonderful

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781565129238
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 24 cm.

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Blabbermouth
Sep 14, 2017

A soft gentle story in the beginning. The writing was lovely & I want to read more of Robert Goolrick. Charlie Beale arrives in a small peaceful town that he believes he could be content to settle down in, warm & good people all around him. Then he falls in love. It's then that it goes awry.

IMolina3 Jan 09, 2014

i dont really like this book much, too much repetitions, robert rodrick is an amaizin author reliable wife was the best..

rowanquincy Dec 20, 2013

Well written, loved the story and was sorry when it ended.

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wiredonjava
Feb 20, 2013

This writer could do no wrong as his story telling ability was phenomenal.

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KGerryH
Nov 14, 2012

A very engaging novel, interesting characters in an isolated setting.

booklady413 Aug 29, 2012

Excellent book!

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EmilyEm
Jul 15, 2012

Charlie Beale is the mysterious stranger who comes to a small Virginia town in 1948 with only two suitcases, one unknown to any but us readers that is full of money. So begins a remarkable love story?Charlie?s love of a married woman named Sylvan and, just as remarkable, his love of his employer?s small son Sam.

You?ll love all the characters that inhabit this small town, its microcosm of small town life, both good and bad, and its viewpoint of this time of change in America. I?ll just say it now. I hope this book is nominated for the Pulitzer prize. It?s that good.

jpozenel Jul 11, 2012

Not nearly as good as "A Reliable Wife"...but pretty good.

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Clamato
Jun 27, 2012

Could not wait to get back to it if I had to put it down. Suspenseful, powerful, shocking, romantic; I savoured it. One of those rare books that you fall into the time and place and don't want to leave. Goolrick is on my author watch list. A Reliable Wife was my favourite novel of that year, and this one is my fave for 2012. He's a masterful writer.

dossiere Jun 22, 2012

the best novel ever. a real page turner. i did not want it to end.

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