A chilling, elegantly crafted story of people whose lives have veered dangerously out of control. Two people, one a dim-witted day laborer and the other a wreckless teenager, mysteriously disappear from their small Vermont town with a kidnapped toddler.A chilling, elegantly crafted story of people whose lives have veered dangerously out of control. Two people, one a dim-witted day laborer and the other a wreckless teenager, mysteriously disappear from their small Vermont town with a kidnapped toddler.Read Less
Very Good+ 0671679430. 10 oz.; 246 pages; VG+ PB Unread as new w/light shelf wear/aged. 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.
Publishers Weekly, 1989-07-07 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1988-05-06 In Morris's strong and painful first novel Aubrey Wallace, a simple, goodhearted laborer on a Vermont road crew, thinks the frail girl who beckons to him from a wooded stream looks like a picture book fairy. And like some malevolent enchantress, Dottycute, tarty, amoral and utterly freaked outenthralls Aubrey and lures him away from his family to his ultimate ruin. Sexually mistreated as a child, Dotty has committed atrocities that surface only later in the narrative. She has also kidnapped a baby girl named Canny. Now Dotty enlists Aubrey's help in making a wandering, criminal half-life for the three of them, as they bounce around the countryside for five years in a pickup truck. When they run into degenerate ex-con Jiggy Huller, living in backwoods squalor with his bovine wife Alma and their sad little girls, Dotty is nearly outmatched. A clumsy scheme is cobbled to collect ransom money from Canny's wealthy parents. But Aubrey loves poor-nit-infested, rheumy-eyed Canny, who clings to him screaming with terror, ``Don't dump me, Poppy.'' The story drives inexorably to its cynical and wrenching climax, fueled on booze, drugs and human misery. (June)
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