The Orphans of Race Point: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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When a horrific act of violence shatters the peaceful October night in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the fates of nine-year-olds Gus Silva and Hallie Costa become inextricably entwined. Told in alternating voices, The Orphans of Race Point traces their relationship over the next three decades as they try to come to terms with the past. What begins as a childhood friendship evolves into something stronger, but when a terrible tragedy exhumes the ghosts they thought they'd put to ...

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Overview

When a horrific act of violence shatters the peaceful October night in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the fates of nine-year-olds Gus Silva and Hallie Costa become inextricably entwined. Told in alternating voices, The Orphans of Race Point traces their relationship over the next three decades as they try to come to terms with the past. What begins as a childhood friendship evolves into something stronger, but when a terrible tragedy exhumes the ghosts they thought they'd put to rest, their dreams are abruptly destroyed.

Hallie and Gus move forward to build separate lives, but Gus's hard-won peace is threatened when he meets a troubled woman who awakens memories of the childhood he has worked so hard to forget. Although helping her offers him a chance at the redemption he desperately desires, it will come at a devastating price. Turning around an unthinkable betrayal, this epic, all-consuming novel explores how far we will go for love, even if it means sacrificing everything—and in doing so, celebrates our capacity for faith, forgiveness, and hope.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 05/15/2014
Like Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, this sprawling second novel by Massachusetts author Francis (The Liar's Diary) starts out with a traumatic incident involving a young boy befriended by a girl and expands from there into a Dickensian story in which criminals with murky motives mingle casually with the pure of heart. But instead of London or New York City, the tangled lives of the two motherless children, Gus and Hallie, and their friend, Neil, unfold on the beaches and narrow streets of Provincetown, on the outermost tip of Cape Cod, and in the seacoast city of New Bedford, MA. Fate lies heavily on the characters, as the book explores fatherhood, inheritance, human behavior, and the aspects of ourselves that can be changed. VERDICT Steeped in sea air and completely ignoring the tourist season, this story captures the essence of year-round life on the Cape and the Portuguese Catholic traditions of New Bedford fishermen as its themes of passionate treachery and abiding love play out in sometimes heartbreaking ways. Recommend to readers wondering what to read after The Goldfinch.—Laurie Cavanaugh, Holmes P.L., Halifax, MA
Barnstable Patriot
“This talented author engages our emotions and her descriptions are impeccable, and moving…it’s a joy to read a novel that’s expertly crafted right to the very end
Booklist (starred review)
“…this beautifully wrought novel is a sometimes wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of murder and betrayal in the face of faith, family in its truest sense, and—most of all—love.”
Caroline Leavitt
“Set against the coast of Provincetown, Patry Francis’s fierce, ravishing epic cuts deep to the bone about how love binds us together and breaks us apart, and how the past’s thumbprint rests on the present. Tender, violent, and alive, it’s also unforgettable.”
Jacquelyn Mitchard on The Liar's Diary
“Twists and turns but never lets go.”
Daily News on The Liar's Diary
“Outright chilling.”
Tess Gerritsen on The Liar's Diary
“A twisting ride full of dangerous curves and jaw-dropping surprises. This is one of my favorite reads of the year!”
Lee Child on The Liar's Diary
“Stunning psychological suspense which poses the eternal question: how well can you know the people you love? This is riveting, bite-your-nails reading and the arrival of a great new talent.”
Susan Henderson
“In The Orphans of Race Point, Patry Francis has poured a lifetime of wisdom into a thrilling, twisting plot, which holds up the human heart as a prism, turning it to show its many facets, its shadows and light.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062281326
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 4,731
  • File size: 633 KB

Meet the Author

Patry Francis is the author of The Liar's Diary and the blog 100 Days of Discipline for Writers. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the Tampa Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Ontario Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. She lives in Massachusetts.

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

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    I received this book free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an

    I received this book free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 




    Oh, how I loved this book! When I first requested it, I didn’t realize how long it was so when it came in the mail I was nervous about reading a 500+ page book by an author I had never read before. Not only was the book sensational, but I am definitely going to pick up up one of her other works in the near future.




    The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis follows the lives of Hallie and Gus, who became friends after a violent act left Gus an orphan. Their friendship did not take the traditional route (they didn’t meet on the playground), but from the beginning it’s evident that there are deeper ties that bind the two together than one would expect from two nine-year olds. As their friendship blossoms into something more in high school, another violent act leaves their lives shattered and their futures uncertain. As the two head in opposite directions in life, a third and final violent act brings their zig-zagging lives back together. Only this time, Gus is in prison and Hallie has to decide whether Gus is the man the law says he is or the man she thinks he is.




    Told over the course of three decades, The Orphans of Race Point explores the outer limits of friendships and the ties that bind. Each character is rich, flawed, and absolutely perfect. At no point during this book did I feel that the author could have done more or less, for each word and action was carefully crafted to catapult the reader toward a shocking end. Beyond the lives of Gus and Hallie, Francis uses secondary characters and a seaside backdrop to tell a story so stunning it will leave you staggering with emotion. With a story that transcends time, The Orphans of Race Point is the perfect book to cozy up.




    P.S. – It’d make a great Book Club pick, too! 




    Allison @ The Book Wheel

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

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    Almost exactly a year ago, I read an early copy of Anthony Marra

    Almost exactly a year ago, I read an early copy of Anthony Marra's The Constellation of Vital Phenomena and was so knocked out by it, I told anyone who would listen (and even some who wouldn't) to read this book. I was so thrilled when it began to get great buzz and win many awards.
    Reading Patry Francis' The Orphans of Race Point made me feel the same way. From the very first page, I fell in love with the story and the writing and the characters. Reading it, I was lost in the pages, and when people spoke to me, I did not hear them. I wanted to race through it, yet at the same time savor this incredible story and not have it ever end.
    It begins in 1978, with nine-year-old Hallie Costa, whose mother died tragically in a drunk driving accident and whose father is the town's beloved doctor, willing to help anyone in anyway he can, whether medically or assisting them with a family situation.
    Her father is called to a neighbor's home where a woman was murdered by her husband and their nine-year-old son Gus had been found catatonic in a closet. It was thought he witnessed the murder of his mother, but he was too traumatized to talk.
    Hallie's dad Nick went to visit Gus, and after a five hour staring contest in which Nick "looked into Gus' sorrows and he looked into" Nick's, Gus spoke his first words in weeks- "I give." Hallie and her friend Neil, who was Gus' best friend, visited Gus every day, and Hallie came up with the idea of reading David Copperfield to him. She thought the story of an orphan who mades good might inspire Gus.
    By the time they are in high school, Gus has become a football hero. He and Neil are still best friends, and Gus and Hallie have fallen in love. An incident happens at a beach party, and Gus' turbulent past plays a part in it, changing the three friends' lives forever.
    Fast forward and Gus has become a priest, Neil is an actor and Hallie is a doctor like her dad. Father Gus is approached by a woman who has been beaten by her husband and asks for his help. Father Gus advises her to get away from her husband and offers to help her, but the situation escalates and Gus is convicted of a murder he did not commit.
    This amazing story has so many compelling elements to it- there is the murder mystery, the love story and the true meaning of faith, friendship and family. The way it deals with faith and family also reminded me of Jennifer Haigh's gorgeous Faith, with its story of a priest mistakenly accused of a crime. The family that Hallie creates with people who are literal and figurative orphans is a beautiful one, and shows us that you don't need to be related to truly love someone deeply.
    Like Constellation, Francis weaves her story elements together to a surprising conclusion. I did not see it coming in any way, and was as blindsided just as much as the characters were. The writing is lovely and the characters Francis creates are so real, I wanted to reach out to these lost souls. I don't know who I could call my favorite- Hallie _"dutiful on her dad's side, unruly on her mom's side", Gus, who cared deeply for his flock and yet led a tortured life, or "misfit princess" Mila, the murdered woman's daughter.
    There are too many powerful scenes to choose a favorite- Hallie reading to young Gus, Mila visiting Gus in prison, Hallie ministering to her ill father, Nick's talk with Gus at the cottage- they all just touched my heart in a profoundly unforgettable way.
    The Orphans of Race Point is the must-read book this year. It is big- over 500 pages- but you will find yourself lost in the lives of these loving, sometimes tragic, people. If you happen to see me anywhere, I warn you, I will tell you- READ THIS BOOK.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    A life transforming book. Filled with wisdom,compassion and forg

    A life transforming book. Filled with wisdom,compassion and forgiveness. One of the best books written so far in 2014. Patry Francis does the writing world justice with this thoughtful,provocative novel. The characters pour their hearts out and will have you believing that Good does triumph Evil. Highly recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Complex story, good read, local flavor

    Complex plot and characters, I recommend it, especially for anyone with an affinity for the Cape.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2014

    The Orphans of Race Point is what to read after The Goldfinch! T

    The Orphans of Race Point is what to read after The Goldfinch! The perfect, sprawling summertime read, set in the Provincetown/New Bedford area of Massachusetts. Loved it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Ari

    Name:ari
    Age:5
    Gender:female
    Info:shes in a wheelchair due to a car accident that left her parentless

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Great book!

    A story line that keeps moving and changing… loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Enticing read.

    Really enjoyed the story. Kept me interested all the way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Read with interest

    Author is geenius, bought as NOOK, will buy paper to have at shelf, thaks for great job

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Myra

    Name: Myra. Age: 4 years. Personallity: Very cute and child like. It is really funny sometimes. She is such a clutz...

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Bios

    All orphans post your bios here!!

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