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  - KeriLynneD - LibraryThing

It took a few chapters for the story to really get moving but once it did I found it difficult to put down! I really liked Charlie even though he did some things I wasn't happy about. The ending threw ... Read full review

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User Review  - kimkimkim - LibraryThing

Spoiler Alert.... I am relieved to have read the last page and closed the book. My anxiety increased as I turned each page. I became more and more uncomfortable until I realized that given the passion ... Read full review

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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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