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A Promise to Catie: A Novel

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Right after he moves with his family to an old farmstead in the country, Billy Griffin, Jr. begins to experience a series of inexplicable events, beginning with the nighttime appearance of a woman at his bedroom window. Never one to believe in ghosts, he seeks alternative explanations for the lurking shadows, disappearing objects, and wafting scents. The strangest mystery of all is that his sister Beth, bitten by a rattlesnake and unable to go for help, is rescued by an ambulance that no one has called. Billy is ...
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1992-11-01 Hardcover New COLLECTIBLE. SIGNED BY AUTHOR OVER HIS NAME ON TITLE PAGE. STATED FIRST EDITION. ALSO FIRST PRINTING WITH FULL 10 DIGIT NUMBER LINE. *Make sure your ... First Edition is also a First Printing or it is not Collectible* New Hardcover with Dust Jacket from bookstore. Excellent condition. Nice tight book. No Remainder marks or other marks found. Sent promptly with tracking number in US. Gift Messaging available. Satisfaction guaranteed with fast, friendly service. Read more Show Less

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Right after he moves with his family to an old farmstead in the country, Billy Griffin, Jr. begins to experience a series of inexplicable events, beginning with the nighttime appearance of a woman at his bedroom window. Never one to believe in ghosts, he seeks alternative explanations for the lurking shadows, disappearing objects, and wafting scents. The strangest mystery of all is that his sister Beth, bitten by a rattlesnake and unable to go for help, is rescued by an ambulance that no one has called. Billy is not afraid of whatever is causing the events until one night he is chased by two huge, silent dogs which only turn away from him in answer to a shrill whistle he has never heard before. Soon after, he discovers the dogs' owner in an isolated cabin far from everyone else; it is Hebronetta Sikes, an old conjure woman who convinces Billy that he is dealing with a "real live ghost." He learns from his neighbor Mrs. Isbell that a girl named Catie Waldrop had once lived in the farmhouse where Billy now lives, and that she died soon after moving to California. Billy's fear turns first to fascination, then friendship and then, amazingly, to love. The relationship between flesh-and-blood Billy and ephemeral Catie is both humorous and poignant, and changes Billy's life forever.
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In an affecting first novel, a middleage narrator looks back on his 1950s adolescence in rural Texas. Uprooted firom his comfortable Dallas home to live on a run-down farm outside the small college town of Oakpoint, where his father has taken a teaching position, Billy Griffin becomes aware of a mysterious presence: a young girl whom only he can see. With the aid of an eccentric old black woman, he contacts his ghostly friend, Catie, who died in 1938. Although at first she doesn't speak and appears only occasionally, Bill falls in love with Catie and even takes her out on a date to the Burgers and Cream Drive-In. They share a year of wistful romance; then Catie vanishes again, after Billy promises he will never forget her. The matter-of-fact style and flat delivery of the adult Billy's naation make these unusual events believable; Catie becomes as real to the reader as she is to him. Holt's affection for the East Texas landscape is evident on every page, and his chronicle of growing up there evokes a time when children's imaginations had not been flattened by television. This sweet and simple story will appeal to those partial to a gentle tale of love. (Oct.)
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YA-- In 1955 Billy, his sister, and their parents leave Dallas for a small college town just as he's entering junior high. He meets and falls in love with Catie, spends long evenings talking to her, writes her notes, leaves her presents, and takes her on dates--even though she's a ghost. At first the boy doesn't believe in her, even though he knows someone has been watching him. It takes old Hebronetta Sikes, a conjure woman, to make him realize that he's really involved with a ghost. For six years, Billy is in love with Catie; he grows into his high school years and plays basketball. Although mainly a benchwarmer, he excels in the biggest game of the year with a little help from a spirit. The Texas countryside is superbly described as is America in the 50's. As Billy tells his story, this happy-go-lucky, athletic girl becomes so real that readers almost see her. And then there's the one magical, memorable day when the couple discovers the power of true love. A captivating romance. --Pam Spencer, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929398419
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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