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Heading Out to Wonderful

Author(s): Robert Goolrick

World fiction

It is the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, back from war in Europe, shows up in the sleepy town of Brownsburg, Virginia. All he has with him are two suitcases: one contains a fine set of butcher knives; the other is full of money. Charlie should have turned around and walked back the other way, for what follows - the most passionate and tragic story of a forbidden love affair - will threaten to destroy everything and everyone in its path. Told through the eyes of Sam, a young boy in the town whose world is changed forever by the events of that single year, "Heading Out to Wonderful" is a suspenseful masterpiece, a haunting, heart-stopping novel of obsession and love gone terribly wrong in a place where once upon a time such things could happen.


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A stranger. A small town. The wife of the town's richest man. There's no stopping what's about to happen in this searing new novel from million copy bestseller, Robert Goolrick.

"I LOVE this. " -- Kathryn Stockett author of The Help "Deliciously dark and dangerous" O, The Oprah Magazine "Beautifully written... Rich, evocative. passionate and tragic" -- Garth Stein author of The Art of Racing in the Rain "A mesmerizing gothic tale of a good man gone wrong... Finely crafted fiction from a captivating writer" Booklist, starred review "Goolrick's tale of doomed love resonates like a folk ballad... the narrative builds slowly to its violent climax, packs an emotional punch, and then haunts [its] readers" Publishers Weekly

Robert Goolrick's debut novel, A Reliable Wife, was a number 1 New York Times bestseller and sold over a million copies. He is also the author of the acclaimed memoir The End of the World as We Know It. He lives in a small Virginia town.

General Fields

  • : 9780091953676
  • : Cornerstone
  • : Hutchinson
  • : April 2013
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert Goolrick
  • : Paperback
  • : 813.6
  • : 336