Rock of Ages by Howard Owen

By Howard Owen

In Rock of Ages, Howard Owen returns to the terrain of Scots County, North Carolina, website of his best-selling novel Littlejohn.

Littlejohn McCain has been lifeless eleven years. In that point, his daughter has divorced one husband and buried one other. Georgia has reclaimed her unique identify and believes she is beginning to settle with ease into the final and quietest 3rd of her life.

yet then she begins seeing her useless father—not simply in desires, but in addition in her Montclair collage lecture room. Her son Justin is already down in North Carolina along with his pregnant female friend, supporting arrange what's left of Littlejohn's farm on the market. at the verge of a breakdown, Georgia joins them.

As a woman, Georgia couldn't wait to escape from the farm and her moribund place of origin. She's again now, yet simply lengthy sufficient to promote the previous and bid a last, less-than-fond farewell to the latter. Or so she thinks.

whilst her cousin Jenny dies ignored and lower than mysterious situations, Georgia is pressured to house an incredible dose of baby-boomer guilt. She's constantly informed herself that she may reside with the information that she could by no means really "do right" by means of her older kin, yet now she's now not so certain. The "peace that passes understanding" approximately which the participants of her father's outdated church sing turns out a ways past her succeed in. Georgia, with grandmotherhood and a ghost soaring, attempts to find what relatively occurred to Jenny and partly redeem herself. within the approach, she's going to locate issues she by no means anticipated in the course of the dead-calm boredom of East Geddie—requited, taboo-flouting lust and a homicide secret.

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Whenever it stopped of its own accord at one of those holes bordered with thorns that farmers dig along the edge of their ploughed land, Charles, waking with a start, would quickly remember the broken leg, and try to recall all the fractures that he knew. It was no longer raining; day was breaking, and, on the leafless branches of the apple trees, birds sat motionless, fluffing out their tiny feathers in the cold morning wind. The flat landscape extended as far as the eye could see, the clumps of trees round the farms making widely spaced splashes of dark purple on that vast grey surface which, at the horizon, merged with the dreary tones of the sky.

When he entered Les Bertaux his horse took fright, and shied violently. It was a prosperous-looking farm. Through the open half-doors of the stables you could see huge draught horses placidly feeding from brand-new mangers. A stream of vapour arose from the big manureheap that flanked the buildings, and, standing out among the hens and turkeys, five or six peacocks––that luxury of Pays de Caux farmyards––were pecking for food. The sheep-run was long and the barn tall, with walls as smooth as the back of your hand.

Père Rouault embraced his future son-in-law. They put off any discussion of money matters, there was plenty of time for that, since the marriage could not decently take place before the end of Charles’s mourning, that is to say, not until the following spring. The winter passed in waiting. Mademoiselle Rouault busied herself with her trousseau. Part of it was ordered from Rouen, and she made herself nightgowns and nightcaps with the help of fashionplates which she borrowed. During the visits Charles made to the Madame Bovary  farm they talked about the preparations for the wedding, wondering which room they’d use for the wedding feast, how many courses they’d have, and what particular dishes they’d serve.

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