A Small Dark Place: A Novel

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Villard, 1997 - Fiction - 340 pages
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Times are tough in Wishbone, Kansas. The crops have dried up; so have the jobs. Peter Wiley, once the town's high school football star, and his ex-prom queen wife, Sandra, are about to be dispossessed by the bank. There seems to be no hope for them and their children, Will and Andromeda. Until, that is, they hear the story of a little girl who has fallen down an abandoned mine shaft and whose dreadful plight incites Americans to respond with their prayers - and their pocketbooks. Maybe, the Wileys scheme, it could work for them, too. In" A Small Dark Place," an act born of desperation, greed, and obsession takes on unforeseen and unforeseeable consequences for the Wileys and Wishbone.

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In this debut novel, the Wileys, parents of two young children, are unemployed and desperate, fearing that their lives are about to unravel. They decide to win public sympathy and financial support by ... Read full review


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A desperate couple's scheme to keep their Kansas farm goes horribly awry in this first novel. A 35,000-copy first printing. Read full review

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Schenk has worked in the film industry for the past decade. A graduate of the USC School of Cinema/Television, he has worked as a cartoonist for National Lampoon magazine and has sold an original screenplay to Disney.

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