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Heading Out To Wonderful

Robert Goolrick

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ISBN 10: 1565129237 / ISBN 13: 9781565129238
Published by Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill, 2012
Condition: As New Hardcover
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This book is in absolutely beautiful condition, 2012 Stated First Edition, First Printing, 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 As New Book, As New unclipped jacket, 296 clean tight unmarked rough cut pages, this book is unread, Hunter Green full cloth covered boards with bright gold foil lettering on the spine, unclipped jacket is cloth/vinyl, printed with color drawing of a man with his hand leaning on a tree looking out over a valley of a small town, black and red lettering on the front and spine jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 001167

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Title: Heading Out To Wonderful

Publisher: Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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"Let me tell you something, son. â ¨When youâ re young, and you head out to wonderful, everything is fresh and bright as a brand-new penny, â ¨but before you get to wonderful youâ 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 youâ re ever going to go.â

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 ownerâ 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, Brownsburgâ s wealthiest citizen, and most significantly, Boatyâ s beautiful teenage bride, Sylvan.

This last encounter sets in motion the events that give Goolrickâ s powerful tale the stark, emotional impact that thrilled fans of his previous novel, A Reliable Wife. Charlieâ 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.

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.

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