By Frederick Busch
A New York Times extraordinary Book
In the unrelenting chilly and sour wintry weather of upstate long island, Jack and his spouse, Fanny, are attempting to deal with the determined sorrow they consider over the dying in their younger daughter. The loss kinds a chasm of their courting as Jack, a sardonic Vietnam vet, appears to be like for how to heal them both.
Then, in a close-by city, a fourteen-year-old woman disappears someplace among her domestic and church. notwithstanding she is only one of the loads of youngsters who vanish each year in the United States, Jack turns all his recognition to this little woman. for locating what has turn into of this baby might be Jack's salvation--if he can simply get to her in time. . . .
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If it wasn‘t for the threat her presence posed to her family she‘d stay right here and take her chances. Run the risk of another shot in the night or a knife flung at her head or poison in her luncheon meal or any number of other ways to meet her demise. At the moment, danger of any kind was far preferable to marriage to Randall, Viscount Beaumont. At the moment, she‘d rather be dead. ‖ Thomas took a sip of his brandy and studied his friend. The men had retired to the library, allegedly to discuss arrangements, but right now Rand wanted little more than to indulge in Thomas‘s excellent liquor for the rest of the night.
Becky nudged Marianne. ―He‘s really quite—‖ ―Quiet,‖ Marianne‘s voice was firm. ‖ Jocelyn scoffed. ―I wouldn‘t have needed saving if you had—‖ Beaumont cut in. ‖ Aunt Louella‘s voice rang from the stairway. All eyes turned toward the stairs. Aunt Louella stood leaning on the rail, a diminutive figure who somehow towered above them all and who now quivered with indignation. Jocelyn groaned to herself and stepped forward. ‖ Aunt Louella hobbled down the steps and Thomas moved to help her. ‖ ―He wanted to meet me privately because he was going to ask me to marry him,‖ Jocelyn said staunchly.
He is, my lady, as well as a true and loyal friend. ‖ Thomas grinned wryly. ‖ Aunt Louella nodded in satisfaction. ‖ ―Nothing is settled as far as I‘m concerned,‖ Jocelyn said. Her aunt ignored her and directed her attention only to Beaumont. ‖ Beaumont thought for a moment, then nodded slowly. ‖ ―I don‘t care,‖ Jocelyn said stubbornly. ―I‘m not going anywhere. ‖ She stepped to her aunt and knelt on the carpet before her. Jocelyn had always been her aunt‘s favorite. The only one of the Shelton sisters who truly understood the value of a season in London and fine clothes and a good match.
Girls: A Novel by Frederick Busch