Heading Out to Wonderful

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Algonquin Books, Jan 15, 2013 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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 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. Heading Out to Wonderful is a haunting, heart-stopping novel of love gone terribly wrong in a place where once upon a time such things could happen.


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User Review  - porch_reader - LibraryThing

When Charlie Beale arrives in Brownsville, Virginia in the summer of 1948, his background is a mystery. All that we (and the townspeople) know is that Charlie is trained as a butcher. He goes to work ... Read full review

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User Review  - VashonJim - LibraryThing

A mysterious stranger settles in a rural West Virginia town and soon falls in love with another man's wife. Tale told, with some gaping holes, by a 12-year-old boy. The title was better than the story. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

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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