By Deborah Smith
20 years in the past, Claire Maloney used to be the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most dear kin, yet that did not cease her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted-out trailer amid junked autos. nobody in Dunderry, Georgia--least of all Claire's family--could comprehend the bond among those mavericks. yet Roan and Claire belonged together...until the darkish afternoon while violence and terror overtook them, and Roan disappeared from Claire's lifestyles. Now, twenty years later, Claire is adrift, and the Maloneys are nonetheless hoping the previous might be buried lower than the wealthy Southern soil. yet Roan Sullivan is set to stroll again into their lives....By turns gentle and attractive and heartbreaking and exuberant, a spot to name house is a captivating trip among hearts--and a deliciously unique novel from probably the most ingenious and attractive new voices in Southern fiction.
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I'd like to believe life turned out well for Roanie," Mama said periodically, and Daddy nodded without meeting her eyes, and they dropped the subject. They felt guilty about the part they'd played in driving Roan away, and they knew I couldn't forgive them for it. He was one of the disappointments between them and me, which was saying a lot, since I'd felt like such a helpless failure when they brought me home from the hospital last spring. My two oldest brothers, Josh and Brady, didn't speak about Roan at all.
Dazed, I looked up at her. Hop and Evan peered at me from her side. Violet and Rebecca watched me, openmouthed. A whole bunch of Maloneys scrutinized me. "Carlton's a weasel," I explained finally. Mama nodded. "You told the truth. That's fine. You're done. " "Because you are," Rebecca blurted out. " "He didn't laugh at me when I was dancing. " "You've got a strange way of sortin' things out," Evan said. "She's one brick short of a load," Hop added. So that was the year I realized Roanie was not just trashy, not just different, he was dangerous, and taking his side was a surefire way to seed my own mild reputation as a troublemaker and Independent Thinker.
That's what Aunt Dockey told us, and she, being Uncle Bert's wife, and him the minister of Mt. Gilead Methodist, was as good as a preacher herself, so she ought to know. "God presents us with choices," Aunt Dockey lectured at Sunday school and family get-togethers and any other time she had an audience. "He says, 'Now here's this path and here's that path. Here's a sin and here's a virtue. '" Aunt Dockey made righteousness sound like comparison-shopping at a mall. So I understood why our town needed the McClendon sisters.
A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith