A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith

By Deborah Smith

Two decades in the past, Claire Maloney used to be the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most dear relations, yet that did not cease her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted-out trailer amid junked automobiles. nobody 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 while 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 prior might be buried lower than the wealthy Southern soil. yet Roan Sullivan is ready to stroll again into their lives....By turns soft and horny 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 attractive new voices in Southern fiction.

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I'd just turned thirty, but I was already sizing up where I'd been and where I was headed. So I knew that when I was old I'd be deliberately peculiar. " They wouldn't understand why, and I didn't intend to tell them. I thought I'd sit in a rocking chair on the porch of some fake-antebellum nursing home for decrepit journalists, get drunk on bourbon and Coca-Cola, and cry over Roan Sullivan. I was only ten the last time I saw him, and he was fifteen, and twenty years had passed since then, but I'd never forgotten him and knew I never would.

But Mama and Daddy were already expecting my brother Josh. So that was that. For better or worse, the Delaneys and the Maloneys were shackled together by marriage. Grandmother Elizabeth and Great-Gran Alice remained dedicated to making each other miserable, and with both of them living with us, they sometimes made us miserable, too. Great-Grandma Alice's son Joseph and his wife, Dottie, lived a two-minute walk away, in a small house they built after they turned the big house over to Mama and Daddy, probably to escape the Old Grannies.

That was Grandpa. He didn't drive an old-man car, he drove the latest-model black Pontiac Trans Am with mag wheels and an air scoop on the hood. So there we went, skimming between the forest on either side of Soap Falls Road, rain drenching everything around us, Grandpa humming along with a Tammy Wynette song on the radio, me wrapped in a pink plastic raincoat and a pink scarf protecting my hair, Hop and Evan wedged together in the Trans Am's small backseat. We rounded the curve at Sullivan's Hollow and saw Arlan and Harold's souped-up truck speed off.

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