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Toby Press, 2009 - Fiction - 498 pages
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Forty years ago, Donald Harington created the little town of Stay More, hidden away in the hills of the Ozarks. He populated it with generations of families who had escaped the Appalachians in search of something - more room, greener pastures, freedom from convention, sweeter air and water, or simply a world where time and history don't matter. The first person the author created to inhabit his town was a woman, Latha Bourne, who would be the heroine and demigoddess of Lightning Bug and would reappear in numerous novels, herself serving as narrator of the classic The Chairing of the Trees.
From the beginning, she was set apart from the others by her beauty, her wit, her mystery, and her intense if unfulfilled sexuality. She was an enigma to her fellow Stay Morons, as Harington chose to call his citizenry, not insultingly but affectionately, in a play upon the town's invitational name and in recognition of the dictionary's definition of a "moron" as someone forever locked into the ages from 7 to 12, the years of most surprise and wonder and delight.
But until this novel, Enduring, we never learned what happened to Latha herself between those ages, or, for that matter, at many other stages of her mysterious life. Now, in his largest novel yet, Harington reveals her entire story from beginning to ... end?

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User Review  - picardyrose - LibraryThing

Lordy me, this book went on FOREVER. I read A.S. Byatt's 'The Children's Book' -- 688 pages of A.S. Byatt -- in two days. 'Enduring' took me twice that long, and it's almost 200 pages shorter. That's about all the Ozarks I will need for the rest of my life. Read full review

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Donald Harington was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He spent nearly all of his early summers in the Ozark mountain hamlet of Drakes Creek. He knew at an early age that he wanted to be a writer, but also wanted to be a teacher. He has taught art history at a variety of colleges in New York, New England, South Dakota and finally at his alma mater, the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he lectured for approximately 22 years, until his retirement in 2008. Harington won the Porter Prize in 1987, the Heasley Prize at Lyon College in 1998, was inducted into the Arkansas Writers' Hall of Fame in 1999 and that same year won the Arkansas Fiction Award of Arkansas Library Association. Many of this novels take place in the fictional town of Stay More, which is loosely based on Drakes Creek. Harington died in 2009.

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