A Brief Lunacy

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Delta Trade Paperbacks, Feb 28, 2006 - Fiction - 241 pages
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With her acclaimed novelA Certain Slant of Light, Cynthia Thayer dazzled critics with her subtle grace and lyrical prose. Now this masterful storyteller brings her prodigious literary gifts to a very different kind of novel–a haunting edge-of-the-seat thriller that begins with a simple act of kindness and ends in a scene of escalating violence in a secluded Maine cabin.

The stranger arrived on a cool October evening. Jessie and Carl invited the stranded young man into their cabin, fed him supper, and let him spend the night. The next morning he repays their kindness by taking them prisoner in their own home.

Who is this man who calls himself Jonah? Why does he seem to know everything about them? What is his connection to their troubled, missing daughter, Sylvie? As Jonah’s behavior grows increasingly erratic and frightening, Jessie and Carl are trapped in a single day of brutality and shattering revelations that will test the limits of their sanity and their will to survive.

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Story of a startling, revelatory night of violence for a quiet retired couple who shelter a young psychotic camper.Thayer (A Certain Slant of Light, 2000) seems determined to flex her novelistic ... Read full review

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Carl and Jessie are retired professionals whose daily routine is shattered when they invite into their home a young man, Jonah, who may know their daughter. What begins as a helpful gesture to a ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Cynthia Thayer is the author of two previous novels, Strong for Potatoes and A Certain Slant of Light, both Book Sense selections. She has taught fiction writing at Turnstone Writers' Workshop and the University of Maine at Machias. She lives with her family on Darthia Farm, an organic farm, in Gouldsboro, Maine. Her website is www.abrieflunacy.com.

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