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Pearl Dickenson comes to Nodd's Ridge only to claim an inheritance but unexpectedly decides to stay, upsetting the tiny New England town's equilibrium with her exotic beauty. Settling in, she buys a local diner and turns it into a thriving gathering place. But her simple desire for a place of her own becomes complicated when she stumbles into not one but two love affairs with two very different but equally troubled men. When the seething rivalry between the men explodes into violence, Pearl becomes more than just...
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Overview

Pearl Dickenson comes to Nodd's Ridge only to claim an inheritance but unexpectedly decides to stay, upsetting the tiny New England town's equilibrium with her exotic beauty. Settling in, she buys a local diner and turns it into a thriving gathering place. But her simple desire for a place of her own becomes complicated when she stumbles into not one but two love affairs with two very different but equally troubled men. When the seething rivalry between the men explodes into violence, Pearl becomes more than just an object of local gossip. She becomes a power - to heal or destroy the community... and herself. This gripping novel illuminates the depths and desires of an independent woman... and exposes some very dark truths about small town life.

Pearl Dickerson arrives in tiny Nodd's Ridge, Maine, to claim an inheritance and lead a quiet life. But soon, exotic Pearl threatens the fabric of everyday life in Nodd's Ridge . . . as she becomes involved with two attractive, very different men, whose seething rivalry explodes into violence. This gripping, finely crafted novel illuminates the depths and desires of an independent woman and exposes dark truths about life in a small town.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When the admirable heroine of the title, a 35-year-old black woman, arrives in Nodd's Ridge, Maine, to live in the farmhouse bequeathed her by an unknown uncle, local residents gossip a little behind her back, but otherwise do not respond to her color. Having abandoned her career as librarian, Pearl Dickenson takes over the local diner, and with her deep, throaty laugh and indomitable spirit (not to mention her fried chicken), wins the hearts of both Reuben Styles, who runs the local garage, and David Christopher, the town's resident poet. As summer progresses, Pearl is happy to find her life weaving seamlessly into the daily fabric of Nodd's Ridge, but the dilemma caused by her liaisons with both Reuben and David takes its toll. As Pearl helps Reuben cope with his wild teenaged daughter, David's past, which includes witnessing the shooting death of his young sister, makes him increasingly unstable. Occasionally slipping into melodrama, King (author of Small World and The Trap and wife of novelist Stephen) resolves her story happily for nearly all of the small-town characters she brings vividly to life. Pearl's quiet wisdom and prodigious energy make her slightly more mythic than human, but she remains an unforgettable character. Literary Guild alternate. (November)
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Using her rich descriptive powers and clear narrative style, novelist King ( The Trap, Caretakers ) has fashioned a jewel of a setting in Nodd's Ridge, Maine, and a near-perfect protagonist in Pearl. Thirty-something and black, Pearla woman looking for purposecomes to Maine to bury her grandmother and set down some roots. While she is at it, she captures the hearts and loyalties of the town's inhabitants. Her big mistake is becoming involved with two men, only one of whom she loves. A gifted storyteller, King has written a contemporary tale of real people struggling with teen rebellion, the aftermath of divorce, aging, loneliness, and abuse. An unforgettable reading experience. Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451162625
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/5/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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