The Misplaced

The Misplaced

by Terry Sanville
The Misplaced

The Misplaced

by Terry Sanville



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Will living in big cities drive you crazy? Just ask commercial artist Charles Colgrove. In 1951, under psychiatrist's orders, he flees his suburban Long Island home and job in New York City with his wife and three young daughters. After a long train ride, they arrive in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, at a 200-year-old farm that is falling apart from years of neglect.

As Charles struggles to regain his mental health and establish a home and art studio, his family finds that they are less than welcome in their rural community. They occupy prime farmland but let it go fallow, an inexcusable waste according to the locals.

Margaret, the eldest daughter and a budding artist in her own right, chronicles the physical and mental challenges that the family faces – polio, poverty, alcoholism, loneliness, rejection, overbearing in-laws, sexual assault, exposure to tuberculosis, isolation at school – to name a few.
Will they survive and adapt in this rural culture that seems alien to them? Or will the Colgroves disintegrate, or worse yet, return to the madness of big city life?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940186208211
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/30/2024
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 535 KB

About the Author

Terry Sanville lives in San Luis Obispo, California with his artist-poet wife (his in-house editor) and two plump cats (his in-house critics). He writes full time, producing novels, short stories, and essays. His work has been accepted by numerous literary and popular journals, magazines, and anthologies including The American Writers Review, The Bryant Literary Review, and Shenandoah. He was nominated three times for Pushcart Prizes and once for inclusion in Best of the Net Anthology.

Terry is a retired urban planner and an accomplished jazz and blues guitarist – who once played with a symphony orchestra backing up jazz legend George Shearing. His life as a fiction writer began in 2001. Since then he has written and placed over 300 short stories including two story collections – “A lot more than Hemingway and Fitzgerald but a lot less than Chekhov,” he says, grinning. He enjoys creating characters with imperfect bodies or minds that somehow make their mark and succeed or fail in memorable ways.
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