Mercy Creek [NOOK Book]

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In the sulky summer days of a Virginia Eastern Shore town, a current of guilt and repression flows beneath the placid surface of respectability. In this year after his mother's death, with girlfirend problems and his father's flirting with a new romance, 16-year-old Issac faces not only the mysteries of his coming of age but also the mysteries of a twisted communal past.

A summer job at Chum's Hardware introduces Issac to Crazine Eddie, an ...
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Mercy Creek

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Overview

In the sulky summer days of a Virginia Eastern Shore town, a current of guilt and repression flows beneath the placid surface of respectability. In this year after his mother's death, with girlfirend problems and his father's flirting with a new romance, 16-year-old Issac faces not only the mysteries of his coming of age but also the mysteries of a twisted communal past.

A summer job at Chum's Hardware introduces Issac to Crazine Eddie, an acerbic 82-year-old who is outspoken about everything except the string of bizzare vandalisms pulling down big headlines in the weekly paper. Someone is flooding the houses of Rooksville's leading citizens and leaving a signature of painted flames on the walls. a clutch of sell-righteous viglilantes who gather at the hardware store offers a $5,000 reward for the conviction of whoever is responsible--and they have their eyes on Issac.

Issac quickly discovers that small towns where everybody knows everybody else's business often hide the most vicious secrets. A lost ledger at Chum's and the unmoored rantings of the town's recluse about the Klan are the first clues to the unexplained puzzles that swirl like dust motes at the hardware store. By laying bare the stains of history and facing the town's hatemonger, Issac resolves the question of where he belongs in the world.

In this quietly suspenseful story with splashes of manic humor, the eccentrics, the outcasts, the bigots, anf the bores join the human parade. Mercy Creek is a memorable novel by a new voice who deserves to be heard.
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Editorial Reviews

Dorothea Benton Frank
Mercy Creek, so beautifully written by Matt Matthews, marks the launch of a brilliant new voice in literature. This coming of age story tells the tale of a summer when the adult world came into focus for Issac Lawson. It's got huge heart, it's compelling, and it's downright irresistible. I loved every single word. You will too. Congratulations, Mr. Matthews! The world wants to know what you will give us next!
John Buchanan
Readers of Mercy Creek will be captivated by this story of scandal and intrigue, judgment and fear, cowardice and fortitude, as young Issac navigates the waters of a turbulent summer that would end with his feeling 'like he was right where he belonged, right where he was supposed to be.' Matt Matthews offers stunning characters and relationships in this remarkable first novel.
Sheri Reynolds
Three cheers for Matt Matthews and his surprising debut novel Mercy Creek. Mercy Creek is part mystery and part love story, a chronicle of loss and recovery, and an exploration of family and friendship. The writing, the characters, the sense of place are all vibrant and complex and marvelous.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013532120
  • Publisher: Hub City Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 212
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Matt Matthews is the winner of the 2010 South Carolina First Novel Prize sponsored by the SC Arts Commission and Hub City Press. He studies journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University, then attended Union Seminary in Richmond, VA. He serves as pastor at St. Giles Prebyterian Church in Greer, SC. He is married to Rachel Matthews and they have three sons.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    Great Book - Must Read

    Great Read. Good humor and great characters dealing with a difficult subject for anyone that grew up in the South.

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