Ordinary Springs

Ordinary Springs

by Lenore Hart


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Ordinary Springs by Lenore Hart

Lenore Hart's debut novel Waterwoman perfectly captures the shimmering dimensions of relationships-among families and between lovers. Now, Hart moves into different territory-into the heart of a girl just old enough to turn her life upside down...

In Ordinary Springs, Florida, everything changes for Dory Gamble the summer the strangers moved in next door-the man thin and sick, dependent on his beautiful, city-sophisticate wife. Dory sees the way her father looks at the new neighbor-and she feels rage hot as the sidewalks at noon. She's been through one betrayal, when her mother left them both behind and hit the road. She's not about to sit around waiting for another one.

Author Biography: Lenore Hart was chosen as one of the five most promising writers in the country for 2002 by Poets and Writers magazine.

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ISBN-13: 9780425200056
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 01/28/2005
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Lenore Hart was chosen as one of the five most promising writers in the country for 2002 by Poets and Writers magazine.

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Ordinary Springs 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Ordinary Springs, Florida, sixteen years old Dory Camber has lived with her father Owen, owner of a hardware store ever since her mother Vera deserted the two of them when she was an infant. Dory ponders that Vera vanished after reading a bedtime story to her. She questions to herself why her dad buried her mother's clothing and what happened between her parents and their neighbors, who are barely civil?--- Though her father shows no affection, Dory believes that he exclusively loves her since she has noticed how he ignores the overtures of the town female population. However, her belief that she is numero uno dies when the Yankee invaders move in next door. While Frank Fitzgerald is a bedridden veteran, his wife Myra and Owen make love in another room. Frank commits suicide with Dory¿s unintentional assistance. Not long afterward Owen and Myra agree to marry. Distraught and betrayed, Dory makes love with her childhood pal, steals cash from her dad¿s store, but, the sheriff arrests her for her assisted suicide role. Reform school is next for the pregnant sixteen years old.--- Though soap opera in theme ORDINARY SPRINGS is a delightful coming of age 1950s tale that brings across 1950s Florida. The story line stars a teenager whose grip on reality is weak, but further torn asunder when her dad turns to Myra. The support cast to include her first lover, her father, the neighbors, and her missing mother help the audience understand the demons that eat at a beleaguered Dory¿s soul. Fans of historical family dramas will appreciate this fine novel whose lead protagonist is the heart that makes the plot worth reading.--- Harriet Klausner