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Heading Out to Wonderful - Robert Goolrick
Heading Out to Wonderful
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"Let me tell you something, son. 
When you’re young, and you head out to wonderful, everything is fresh and bright as a brand-new penny, 
but before you get to wonderful you’re going to have to pass through all right. And when you get to all right, stop and take a good, long look, because that... show more
"Let me tell you something, son. 
When you’re young, and you head out to wonderful, everything is fresh and bright as a brand-new penny, 
but before you get to wonderful you’re going to have to pass through all right. And when you get to all right, stop and take a good, long look, because that may be as far as you’re ever going to go.”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 of a few hundred people, 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.Finding work at the local butcher shop, Charlie befriends the owner and his family, including the owner’s son, Sam, who he is soon treating as though he were his own flesh and blood. And it is through the shop that Charlie gradually meets all the townsfolk, including Boaty Glass, Brownsburg’s wealthiest citizen, and most significantly, Boaty’s beautiful teenage bride, Sylvan.This last encounter sets in motion the events that give Goolrick’s powerful tale the stark, emotional impact that thrilled fans of his previous novel, A Reliable Wife. Charlie’s attraction to Sylvan Glass turns first to lust and then to a need to possess her, a need so basic it becomes an all-consuming passion that threatens to destroy everything and everyone in its path.  Told through the eyes of Sam, now an old man looking back on the events that changed his world forever, Heading Out to Wonderful is a suspenseful masterpiece, a haunting, heart-stopping novel of obsession and love gone terribly wrong in a place where once upon a time such things could happen.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781565129238 (1565129237)
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Pages no: 296
Edition language: English
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Darth Pedant
Darth Pedant rated it
2.5 Take The Left At Albuquerque
I kind of can't be bothered reviewing this one. In place of an actual review, I shall paraphrase the comment I made at the 64% mark, which pretty well sums up my reading experience:Reading this book was like being bludgeoned over the head with the Literary Hammer of Impending DOOM. And remember, f...
Dem
Dem rated it
4.0 Heading Out to Wonderful
Heading out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick was a book I purchased for my kindle by mistake and thought what the heck will give it a go as the process of retuning it just seemed like too much bother. I was pleasantly surprised after reading the first chapter of this novel as the prose, the characte...
Ciska's Book Chest
Ciska's Book Chest rated it
4.0 Heading Out to Wonderful
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher on Netgalley in return for an honest review*AuthorRobert Goolrick was born in a small town in Virginia and attended John Hopkins University. Fired after 30 years in the advertising business, Robert Goolrick wrote his memoir, The End...
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it
2.0
Read a full review @ http://bit.ly/RjpLZ8My opinion: I must admit that this wasn't my favorite Goolrick book. I found the characters to be less approachable and developed than A Reliable Wife, which is a book I absolutely loved by this author. I found myself skimming the last quarter of the book bec...
SA Bodeen Reads
SA Bodeen Reads rated it
4.0 Heading Out to Wonderful
This book starts out like a sunny day. Everything is lovely and sweet. Then a few clouds trickle in. And it starts to rain, a little, but that's okay. And then all hell breaks loose and your entire life is gone. Wow. Unlike anything I've read for a while. Probably closer to a 3.5-3.75.
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