Back Creek

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Bancroft Press, Feb 15, 2008 - Fiction - 226 pages
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It's the summer of 1975. Eighteen-year-old Grace Barnett knows she should be preparing to leave for college in September. But a strange Memorial Day boating accident on the creek near her Virginia home-she's the only witness to the apparent suicide-kicks off a series of events that will define her family's future as well as her emerging view of life.On the very day of the victim's funeral, Grace's older sister, Lillian, absent from the family for the past five years, suddenly reappears. Unfortunately, it is also the day Grace's mother chooses to quietly walk out on her family, leaving Grace to act as the mediator between her prodigal sister and her badly wounded father.As the summer wears on, Grace finds herself thinking less about college and more about how to mend the rifts in her family. She turns to her neighbor, Cal, a recently returned Vietnam vet, to help sort through her problems. After weathering her sister's unexpected return and pregnancy, her father's budding alcoholism, and Cal's war-induced neurosis, Grace decides to set off to rural North Carolina with the intention of bringing her mother back home.
 

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User Review  - maribs - LibraryThing

Back Creek is the story of Grace, the summer after graduating from high school. For most, this would be a time filled with friends, parties and fun before getting ready to leave for college, but for ... Read full review

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User Review  - stephxsu - LibraryThing

18-year-old Grace Barnett has led a quiet, unassuming, mediator life on the Virginian peninsula of Back Creek. That is, until she witnesses the suicide of Tommy White on the Creek, and her five-years ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
3
Chapter Three
9
Chapter Four
17
Chapter Five
26
Chapter Six
35
Chapter Seven
42
Chapter Eight
51
Chapter Fifteen
118
Chapter Sixteen
127
Chapter Seventeen
137
Chapter Eighteen
145
Chapter Nineteen
153
Chapter Twenty
170
Chapter TwentyOne
178
Chapter TwentyTwo
185

Chapter Nine
64
Chapter Ten
70
Chapter Eleven
81
Chapter Twelve
89
Chapter Thirteen
97
Chapter Fourteen
111
Chapter TwentyThree
195
Chapter TwentyFour
207
Chapter TwentyFive
211
Chapter TwentySix
218
Acknowledgement
229
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Back Creek is the first novel written by Leslie Goetsch, a graduate of Duke and Johns Hopkins universities, and English department chair at an independent girls‚ school in Baltimore (Roland Park Country Day). Although she currently lives in Baltimore with her husband and two children (and has for the past 25 years), she‚s a native of Virginia, having grown up in an area much like Back Creek, one of hundreds of deep tributaries that cut through the state. Awarded a Maryland State Arts Council grant to develop Back Creek, she‚s now at work on her second book‚what she calls a ‚coming-of-middle-age novel.‚

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