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Aubrey Wallace is the kind of man no one notices. Dotty Johnson is the kind of woman no one can ignore. One afternoon, they both disappear from the small Vermont town where they live. The next day, two hundred miles away, a toddler is snatched from her Massachusetts home.

For the next five years, Aubrey, Dotty, and the kidnapped child - bound together by strange love and desperate need - are trapped in a nomadic existence governed by their constant fear of discovery. Canny, the ...

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Overview

Aubrey Wallace is the kind of man no one notices. Dotty Johnson is the kind of woman no one can ignore. One afternoon, they both disappear from the small Vermont town where they live. The next day, two hundred miles away, a toddler is snatched from her Massachusetts home.

For the next five years, Aubrey, Dotty, and the kidnapped child - bound together by strange love and desperate need - are trapped in a nomadic existence governed by their constant fear of discovery. Canny, the little girl, becomes Aubrey's entire existence. But Dotty wants out. She is tired of being saddled with this fearful little man. When she meets Jiggy Huller, a brutal ex-convict, the wheels of Canny's return to her natural parents are wrenched fatally into motion.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Morris's ``strong and painful'' first novel, Aubrey Wallace, a simple, good-hearted laborer on a Vermont road crew, falls for Dotty--cute, tarty, amoral and utterly freaked-out--who lures him away from his family to a wandering, criminal half-life on the road, with a kidnapped child in tow. ``The story drives inexorably to its cynical and wrenching climax, fueled on booze, drugs and human misery,'' noted PW. (Sept.)
Library Journal
For five years, a shy, backward man travels the country with a wild young woman and a kidnapped child, living by stealing and by selling stolen goods. Helpless Aubrey Wallace does not have the courage or the know-how to escape the situation in which he is trapped with the sexually abused Dotty Johnson, who has brutally killed her father and stolen 18-month-old Canny. Aubrey, attached to Canny, shows her as much love and care as he can, letting Dotty call all the shots. The tragedy in this bizarre, intriguing first novel is a child's exposure, in her most formative and impressionable years, to a life of violence. But for Canny there is hope: she could be returned to her natural parents. For Aubrey and Dotty, there is no hope left. Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670822164
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1988
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary McGarry Morris is the author of Vanished, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award; A Dangerous Woman, which was chosen by Time as of of the five best novels of 1991; Songs in Ordinary Time, an Oprah's Book Club Selection and national bestseller, and the critically acclaimed Fiona Range and A Hole in the Universe. She lives in Andover, Massachussetts.

On the web: http://www.marymcgarrymorris.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2000

    Superb

    I found this book in a used bookstore and bought it because I read and liked 'Songs in Ordinary Time' by M.M. Morris. Before I read it , I read the reviews on-line and was surprised by how much everyone loved it. After reading it, I whole-heartedly agree. It is one of the best books I have ever read. It is scary yet fascinating. I read to learn, relax, find out how others live, etc. and boy was this a trip into a strange, horrible, unknown world. I will not look at things the same way again. What a beautiful, horrifying little journey this book was. I will read everything Ms. Morris writes. A true masterpiece. Highly recommended!

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