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by Dorie McCullough Lawson

ISBN: 0060884754
ISBN13: 978-0060884758
Language: English
Publisher: Harper (April 24, 2007)
Pages: 272
Category: United States
Subategory: Literature

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Dorie McCullough Lawson, the daughter of historian David McCullough, has already authored, fittingly enough, a well-received . Now her first work of fiction, ALONG COMES A STRANGER, makes a different kind of mark.

Dorie McCullough Lawson, the daughter of historian David McCullough, has already authored, fittingly enough, a well-received non-fiction volume entitled, POSTERITY: LETTERS OF GREAT AMERICANS TO THEIR CHILDREN. STRANGER doesn't take place in Revolutionary War or Civil War or even Cold War America. It's 1995 and the town is Hayden, Wyoming

In this debut novel, Dorie McCullough Lawson vividly captures a familiar American landscape.

In this debut novel, Dorie McCullough Lawson vividly captures a familiar American landscape. Filled with unforgettable characters and written in eloquent yet suspenseful prose, Along Comes a Stranger is a darkly humorous novel that examines the depth of identity and family life. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

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Автор: Lawson, Dorie McCullough Название: Along Comes a Stranger Издательство .

2008 Язык: ENG Размер: 2. 2 x 1. 1 x . 3 cm Поставляется из: США Описание: A woman begins to suspect the new man in her mother-in-law’s life may actually be the legendary Irish Mob boss Whitey Bulger, who has gone underground to escape criminal prosecution.

Dorie McCullough Lawson appears at the 2011 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Dorie McCullough Lawson is the author of the novel "Along Comes a Stranger. Her first book was "Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children," which was an anthology of the words and wisdom of 68 Americans, including Ansel Adams, Thomas Edison, Sam Houston, Mary Todd Lincoln, Groucho Marx, Clare Boothe Luce and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her newest work is for children is "Tex.

Dorie Mccullough Lawson. An elegantly designed, beautifully composed volume of personal letters from famous American men and women that celebrates the American Experience and illuminates the rich history of some of America's most storied families

Dorie Mccullough Lawson. An elegantly designed, beautifully composed volume of personal letters from famous American men and women that celebrates the American Experience and illuminates the rich history of some of America's most storied families. Posterity is at once an epistolary chronicle of America and a fascinating glimpse into the hearts and minds of some of history's most admired figures. Spanning more than three centuries, these letters contain enduring lessons in life and love, character and compassion that will surprise and enlighten.

The summer of 1995 marks Kate Colter's fifteenth year in the small town of Hayden, Wyoming. No commitment, cancel anytime.

The summer of 1995 marks Kate Colter's fifteenth year in the small town of Hayden, Wyoming. She is a woman who is generally happy in her marriage and with her now predictable day-to-day life as wife, mother, and part-time breadwinner. Even though she is a New Englander at heart, Kate has reached a point where rodeos, summer heat, sharp light, and the vast, desolate beauty of the West have become almost second nature to her. She loves her husband and daughter, is fond of her neighbors, and enjoys the company of her mother-in-law. Yet, privately, she longs for the conversations and stories of her past, and she can't help but feel disconnected from the people around her.

In walks Tom Baxter, Kate's mother-in-law's new suitor from "back East."

Kate is immediately drawn to Tom—his gentle charm and engaging conversation spark an unusual companionship. Tom seems like the little piece of home that Kate so misses. She's curious about him and about his story, but finds unexplained gaps and inconsistencies that pique her interest to a new level. Then a series of peculiar and seemingly suspicious events leads Kate to a terrifying conclusion—a conclusion that could forever shatter her life and the lives of those she loves.

In this debut novel, Dorie McCullough Lawson vividly captures a familiar American landscape. Filled with unforgettable characters and written in eloquent yet suspenseful prose, Along Comes a Stranger is a darkly humorous novel that examines the depth of identity and family life.

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Black_Hawk_Down
This novel was compelling throughout. The detailed imagery of the West let me relive travels in the West several years ago. The intrigue of relationships of characters made this novel a page turner.

Roram
It was an easy read but didn't really provide much food for thought. Took my book group about 5 minutes to discuss.

Monam
Dorie McCullough Lawson, the daughter of historian David McCullough, has already authored, fittingly enough, a well-received non-fiction volume entitled, POSTERITY: LETTERS OF GREAT AMERICANS TO THEIR CHILDREN. Now her first work of fiction, ALONG COMES A STRANGER, makes a different kind of mark.

STRANGER doesn't take place in Revolutionary War or Civil War or even Cold War America. It's 1995 and the town is Hayden, Wyoming. Protagonist and narrator Kate Colter bookends and occasionally laces her story with present day commentary, but in the main she tells it as if she were living it again day by day. She's the wife of George, a paleontologist who teaches and goes on digs, and the mother of a young, touchingly fragile girl who helps Kate care for the sick or wounded animals they board in their barn. In easy, conversational blobs, Kate tells about the geography near Hayden, of her own childhood back East, how women follow men to hardy states like Wyoming but men don't hardly follow women there, and about the uncurious natures of the folks in Hayden. The uncurious lot includes her mother-in-law, Lorraine, who is the salt of the earth, good at crafts and organizing parties, but hasn't a spit of intellectual curiosity. Kate admits to her own tendency to be scatterbrained and less than tidy, and she knows she causes her mother back in Massachusetts consternation because she isn't a go-getter professionally. Kate is obviously sensitive to her part-time employment status, but not enough to change it. Her aunt and best friend is an unmarried, driven, career woman in Boston. The two relax together on the phone dissecting current and past high profile crimes (like the O.J. trial). Kate laments the American love affair with TV, but tickles her own entertainment bone with speculations about where FBI Most Wanted List toppers might be this very minute. Frankly at loose ends with her life, Kate takes a friendly shine to Lorraine's new boyfriend, just come to town. She is instinctively intrigued (not romantically, she hastens to assure) by the tall, courteous, reserved, sixtyish man called Tom because he shows interest in her husband's fossil-hunting (not, as we've seen, something the locals do) and he is at the Custer Battleground on the day she takes her daughter, Clara. As Tom, Kate, and Clara pace the famous field together, Tom gives a tour-guide sketch of who was where and who killed whom when. But, the more time Kate spends with Tom, the more she wonders whether he, as he says, is really from Ohio. She begins to suspect he isn't who he says he is. Her crime intuitions then color how she acts with Tom too, and, in turn, his guard goes up. Finally, the tension snaps into violence that is oddly a natural conclusion but also unexpectedly dissonant, unnecessary, and sad. It's as though Flannery O'Connor turned her astringent, perverse pen on Wyoming.

A quick look at the cover might lead a reader to peg ALONG COMES A STRANGER as a typical summer read about some mysterious interloper who floats into an isolated town, seduces with a vengeance, turns out to be a heel, and you know the rest. But STRANGER isn't a flat-footed, brainless read. It meanders -- though never boringly -- at times, and its mystery quotient might have been higher, but this novel has sinew and muscle. The characters act in complex and unpredictable ways, sometimes popping out unguessed strengths, sometimes inclining toward brotherly love one moment and then twisting wretchedly into shamefulness the next. Kate is an opinionated narrator, but she doesn't deny her weaknesses. In the end she says, "Human nature is curious and should overcome complacency and apathy and avoid the seduction of lazy entertainment. But you can live with someone day in and day out and miss what's important....[I]n this life, you just never know." When Kate makes this statement, she has learned, from experience, to question her assumptions about human nature and behavior. The reader of ALONG COMES A STRANGER may well do the same. Definitely recommended.

HeonIc
I was really excited to read this book. I really liked the plot synopsis. Frankly, the praise by Mary Higgins Clark really suckered me in. I am a huge fan of David McCullough's and really shouldn't be putting so much pressure on his daughter but I was bored to tears.

I felt like I had ADD with all the bouncing around! I couldn't focus and I was bored to death. I have read many books that bounce and have flashbacks and different point of views, but this made me irritated.

The twist was decent. I actually liked her Aunt Joanie. That's it. That's all I liked.

To each their own and hope you liked it much better then I did.

Brajind
There are a couple of things this book is not. It is not a cookie-cutter suspense/mystery written according to a "paint-by-numbers" formula (if mixed metaphors are permissible). It is also not written by someone who grew up "back East" now in search (in vain) of her inner "cowboy voice" (two or three summers on a dude ranch does not a Louis L'Amour make).

Instead, Ms. Lawson offers a richly detailed glimpse of modern western, small-town life from an authentic perspective. Her main character/narrator captures things as they are, relaying her observations with a dry, often humorous editorial, all against the backdrop of a mystery that unfolds in the absence of a crime. The conventional "action" of the story comes only at the end, after a long, suspenseful build-up that is a joy to read.

If you are looking for a typical western/mystery, with the principal action/crime on page 13, followed by pages of scintillating dialog involving the words "yep", "nope", "ma'am" and descriptions of chewing tobacco, all concluding with plot twist (gasp) / large-caliber firearm / dead villain, you should continue to the checkout aisle. If you are looking for something authentic, that is both witty and new, this is your book.

WtePSeLNaGAyko
The worst part of this boring book was Kate...her disdain for pretty much everyone in town when she herself was not really interesting or accomplished. Her conversations with her aunt, where they do nothing but put people down, puzzled me. What was the author's point with this book?

Kajikus
I am a fast reader so I read this book in 1 day. It wasn't really a bad book but it wasn't great either. I found it to be interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading to see what happens but it goes on for what seems like an eternity with nothing really happens and when it finally gets going it's practically over!

I too, am an avid reader of various genre, and was so excited to read a book about my home state. Boy, was I disppointed! This book is terribly boring to put it quite simply. The plot is stale for three fourths of the book, and then basically comes to an abrupt end. I felt like the author and the main character in the novel were one in the same - one dimensional, self absorbed, and lacking in substance - much like the entire book. I hate to write a poor review, but just don't want others to waste time or money on such a boring book!

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