The legendary author of The Outsiders returns with her first new novel in more than fifteen years!
An orphan and a bastard, Jamie grew up tough enough to handle almost anything. He survived foreign prisons, smugglers, pirates, gunrunners, and shark attacks. But what he finds in the quote town of Hawkes Harbor, Delaware, was enough to drive him almost insane―and change his life forever.
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S.E. Hinton, with the publication of The Outsiders (1967) at the age of 17, became one of the most important and influential young adult authors of all time. More than thirty years after its release, The Outsiders still appears on best seller lists. Hinton's other acclaimed works include That Was Then This is Now (1971), Rumble Fish (1975) and Tex (1979)--all inspired major motion pictures. Over 13,000,000 copies of the S.E. Hinton books have been sold.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
InterviewTerrace View Asylum, Delaware
â€œSo, Jamie, youâ€™ve had a few weeks to adjust to Terrace View. How do you like it so far?â€?
Dr. McDevitt looked at the young man seated in front of his desk. A small, well-built young man who might have been handsome had it not been for his gauntness, the listlessness of his posture, the shadows around his shifting eyes.
He kept wringing his hands together.
â€œItâ€™s okay,â€? Jamie answered, not looking up.
Dr. McDevitt wasnâ€™t insulted at Jamieâ€™s shrug, implying a well-run sanitarium wasnâ€™t any better than that state institutional hellhole, Eastern State, where heâ€™d been for the last few months. Right now the young man probably couldnâ€™t tell one place from another. After all, he only recently could remember his name. And the brutal way he had been transferred here... Dr. McDevitt was sure it had set his progress back for weeks.
â€œGrenville Hawkes asked that you be placed here. Do you remember Grenville Hawkes?â€?
Jamie shook his head.
â€œYou used to work for himâ€”he wanted to make sure you received the best treatment. Do you remember working for Grenville Hawkes, back in Hawkes Harbor?â€?
Dr. McDevitt thought he discerned a small flinch in Jamieâ€™s posture, but there was no change in tone, as he said, â€œNo.â€?
Dr. McDevitt glanced across the scanty medical report. Some doctor from Eastern State, who forgot to sign his name, had made a note that this was one of the worst cases of depression heâ€™d ever tried to treatâ€”it was no doubt a major cause of the amnesia. In the beginning, the patient would wake having no memory of the day before, would literally forget his own name by afternoon. Some memory of his early life was now returning, the report stated.
Not much to go on, but Eastern State was a place of housing, not treatment.
Dr. McDevitt wished he had more background. Jamie had been transferred here abruptly, at the insistence of Louisa Kahne. Her grandfather Johnas Kahne had founded and still technically ruled Terrace View. (The commonly held view, and joke, was that the esteemed Dr. Kahne wanted to make sure his progeny had a place to live; and out of all his swarm of eccentric descendants, this granddaughter was perhaps the most likely candidate.)
â€œMoney is no problem,â€? Louisa had insisted when she called demanding a room. â€œA favor for a friend of mine, Grenville Hawkes. Jamieâ€™ll be arriving some day this week. Yes, yes, I know, youâ€™re not accustomed to patients from the criminally insane ward at Eastern State, but crazy is crazy, after all.â€?
No other instructions. Only a short note, and the deposit from Grenville Hawkes, followed in the mail.
Dr. McDevitt had decided to treat him on his own. There were no other instructions, recommendations. Apparently his benefactors were content if heâ€™d just sit here, abandoned like some stray dropped off at a shelter. Jamie had seemed to respond to Dr. McDevitt well and from the first....
Dr. McDevitt still remembered the horrible beginning of Jamie Sommersâ€™s stay at Terrace View. It had gone to his heart when the young man turned to him.
â€œDr. McDevitt, the new patientâ€™s here. James Sommers.
â€œIs Miss Kahne showing him to his room?â€?
â€œNo, Miss Kahneâ€™s not with him. Heâ€™s in a police car. He wonâ€™t get out. And the officer is getting threatening.â€?
Dr. McDevitt ran outside with Nurse Whiting. Yes, it was a police car. And an officer trying to talk sports with Lee. The attendant looked grim. No one without compassion was allowed to work at TerraceView.
â€œHey, you want to get this nutcase outta my patrol car?â€? was the officerâ€™s greeting to the doctor. â€œI canâ€™t get Nurse Nancy here to help haul him.â€?
Dr. McDevitt went to the car. The back doors were open, no one visible. He leaned in. Jamie Sommers was seated on the floor, head down. Dear God, theyâ€™d put him in a straitjacket. There were shackles on his ankles. There was no mention of violence on his hospital record.
â€œMr. Sommers,â€? he said.
Jamie slowly raised his head. Young, thin, unshaven, dirty. And madness in his eyes.
â€œIf youâ€™ll let me help you out, Iâ€™ll remove your restraints. Iâ€™m sure they must be painful.â€?
The man was still recovering from some very serious physical injuries. Louisa had attempted to gloss over that fact, but Jamieâ€™s medical records had preceded his arrival.
â€œCaptain Harvard?â€? Jamie said uncertainly. He looked puzzled, hopeful.
â€œMay I help you?â€?
â€œSure,â€? Jamie said. It was the last time he spoke for several days.
He was improving, now. He slept on his bed, not under it. He startled far too easily, but jumped, no longer screamed. Still suffered from night terrors. He was terrified of most of the attendants (Eastern State could take credit for a lot of that, the doctor suspected) but let Nurse Whiting trim his hair. He was settled enough in his new surroundings for a first session.
Dr. McDevitt looked over the report once more.
Interesting case, a kind they rarely got at Terrace View. A criminal, apparently (Dr. McDevitt had a copy of Jamieâ€™s police record as well as his medical reports), shot during a suspected kidnapping.
Dr. McDevitt winced as he read about the three bullets being surgically removedâ€”God knew what kind of treatment Jamieâ€™d received after leaving Hawkes Harbor Hospital for Eastern State. The doctor had heard stories about the infirmary there.
â€œWell, Jamie, my records show you are twenty-five years of age?â€?
â€œRaised in St. Catherineâ€™s Orphanage, Bronx, attended Billingsworth High, Bronx, three years in the navy...â€?
Dr. McDevitt pausedâ€”but Jamie didnâ€™t confirm any of it. Eastern State had suggested Jamieâ€™s memory of his early life was returning, but Jamie had given no indication of this other than knowing his name.
He watched with interest as Jamieâ€™s eyes went to the window. Dr. McDevitt had chosen this time of day for the interview with reason.
Jamie shifted in his chair, looked around for a clock, gripped his hands together, wiped them on his pants.
Twenty-five. Dr. McDevitt would have guessed him slightly olderâ€”sun had burned lines into his face, pain had stamped dark circles under his eyes.
â€œDid you like the navy?â€?
â€œLiked getting my third mateâ€™s papers. Theyâ€™re real handy.â€?
â€œIt gives no reason for your early discharge.â€?
â€œI got sick of taking orders.â€?
â€œThereâ€™s no report of any discipline problem on your previous hospital record.â€?
â€œDonâ€™t want no trouble.â€? Jamie slumped down again. His eyes went back to the window. He swallowed.
â€œYou know what time it is?â€? he asked.
â€œSixish. Your former employer, Mr. Hawkes, gave us a glowing report, and assured us he still believed you innocent of any wrongdoing.â€?
Jamie looked confused.
â€œIâ€™m referring to your... mishap with the Hawkes Harbor police.â€?
â€œI didnâ€™t hurt anybody.â€? Jamieâ€™s voice rose. â€œI know he shot me, but he didnâ€™t need to, I wasnâ€™t hurting anybody.â€?
â€œItâ€™s all right, Jamie,â€? Dr. McDevitt said. â€œAll criminal charges have been dropped.â€?
There had been no evidence with which to charge him.
In fact, when the doctor looked at the report, his first thought was to wonder why the lawman had thought it worthwhile to gun down an unarmed man on a mere suspicion.
Must have been a slow day in Hawkes Harbor.
â€œYou donâ€™t remember the shooting? Or what led up to it?â€?
â€œI remember waking up after.â€? Jamie rubbed his eyes with the heel of his hand.
That was on the reportâ€”prone to severe mood swings, cried easily, bouts of hysteria...
â€œIt really hurt,â€? he explained. He looked at the windows. â€œItâ€™s getting dark. Usually, I get a pill about now...â€?
â€œOf course. In just a moment.â€?
The medical report emphasized the patientâ€™s extreme distress at twilightâ€”unless heavily sedated he would not sleep at all at night. And even then, was subject to violent nightmares. And all that had certainly been borne out during these first few weeks at Terrace View.
â€œThatâ€™s an interesting scar you have there.â€?
â€œW-w-what?â€? Jamie went white. He clamped his left hand over his throat. â€œThere ainâ€™t nothinâ€™ there.â€?
â€œI mean the one that looks like a burn? From your shoulder down to your elbow.â€?
Jamie pushed up the short sleeve of his white T-shirt to look, exposing a tattoo of a well-endowed mermaid on his bicep. And to Dr. McDevittâ€™s total surprise, Jamie laughed.
â€œHey, that? Shark got me. Got another scar at the same time. From my ass to the back of my knee.â€?
â€œA shark bit you?â€?
â€œHell no, my arm would be gone if itâ€™d bit me. It was a twelve-foot tiger. No, it just rubbed me good. Maybe it was a lady shark, like Kell said... they got hide worse than sandpaper. Took all the skin right off.â€?
â€œAnd you find this shark attack humorous?â€?
â€œWell, the pirates thought it was funny, thatâ€™s the important thing. And I thought olâ€™ Kell was going to bust a gut laughing. Said heâ€™d never seen anyone swim so fast.â€?
Dr. McDevitt sighed. There had been no mention in his records of t...
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