By Deborah Smith

20 years in the past, Claire Maloney used to be the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most useful relatives, yet that did not cease her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted-out trailer amid junked automobiles. 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 whilst violence and terror overtook them, and Roan disappeared from Claire's existence. Now, twenty years later, Claire is adrift, and the Maloneys are nonetheless hoping the earlier will be buried below the wealthy Southern soil. yet Roan Sullivan is set to stroll again into their lives....By turns delicate and horny and heartbreaking and exuberant, a spot to name house is a captivating trip among hearts--and a deliciously unique novel from some of the most imaginitive and beautiful new voices in Southern fiction.

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Hop and Evan treated me like a baby brother who just happened to have long hair and an innie. The only problem with Neely was that he moved too fast for me to smack him. I began to get twitchy about it, always looking over one shoulder with a fist curled against my stomach. But he learned his lesson one day and he never laid a hand on my hair again. It started like every other Neely-dreading encounter. At recess I edged warily out a doorway to the playground. He was lurking behind the open door, and the next thing I knew my head jerked and I flew backward like a calf hitting the end of a rodeo rope.

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. I was fascinated by him from then on. The world in general didn't even know that Dunderry, Georgia, existed. I searched for us on the enameled globe in the living room and we weren't there.

A family whose heart is as deep as its heritage. For he comes, the human child, to the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, From a world more full of weeping Than he can understand. ----W. B. YEATS Prologue Contents - / Next I planned to be the kind of old Southern lady who talked to her tomato plants and bought sweaters for her cats. I'd just turned thirty, but I was already sizing up where I'd been and where I was headed. So I knew that when I was old I'd be deliberately peculiar. " They wouldn't understand why, and I didn't intend to tell them.

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