When someone you love is taken from youin an instanthow do you cope?
Laurel Beach is one of the last old-fashioned villages in West Florida Panhandle, one that has, so far, escaped commercial over-development. It presents both a haven and opportunity, and, this summer, it plays host to a varied cast.
Grief has nearly destroyed Hudson DeForest. He's barely been going through the motions, teaching in a Memphis girls school, writing about film, talking to the dog. He's hanging on by a thread. It's been two years since Kate died, two years of grappling with profound loss, with the impact of the marriage of a lifetime cut short.
Hudson's friend Charlie Brompton, the successful developer and restaurateur, is facing a different loss. He's growing old. It's time for him to let go of his most beloved enterprise, the mecca of fine dining known as the 26-A after the panhandle highway where it sits. And of its funky adjunct, The Blue Bar. With no immediate family as heirs, Charlie's considering his choice of successors. And what he should do for his godson, Chaz? He also wonders if Hudson will return to Laurel Beach, to the cottage he occupied with Kate. Will Hudson ever forgive him?
Meanwhile Chaz has met Sydney, a former actress. They're living well in Atlanta, thinking about marriage. Thinking, too, that perhaps they should go to Laurel Beach, touch base with Charlie....
As Hudson settles in and doggedly takes up his summer project--he has a book contract for a collection of his film reviews--the undying past and a present struggling to be born exert their fierce, and sometimes indistinguishable, claims. So it is for Charlie, and for Sydney and Chaz. Gradually a bizarremaelstrom of deceit, betrayal, and murder evolves in Laurel Beach, ensnaring the wealthy and the beautiful, the misguided and the desperate. Will its force fill Hudson with newfound determination to celebrate life--or will it destroy those he still holds dear?
In his first novel, Hadley Hury paints an evocative picture of the Gulf Coast and a moving portrait of grief and renewal, underpinning the suspense with reviews of films that eerily mirror the events overtaking his characters.
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Hadley Hury teaches literature, writing, and film studies, and is a former film critic and the author of both short fiction and poetry. He and his wife live in Memphis and on San Juan Island, Washington. He is currently at work on the next Hudson DeForest mystery. The Edge of the Gulf is his debut novel.From Publishers Weekly:
In Hury's engrossing first suspense novel, grief-stricken teacher and film critic Hudson DeForest returns to the beloved cottage he shared with his late wife, Kate, in Laurel Beach, Fla., in an effort to heal and once again become involved in life. Over the summer vacation, Hudson plans to read for his job as a teacher in a Memphis girls' school, prepare a collection of his film reviews for publication and enjoy the hot and steamy Gulf Coast. Hudson's best friend, Charlie Brompton, is contending with his own losses as he prepares for his retirement and decides to sell his thriving, chic restaurant, 26-A, and its funky adjunct, the Blue Bar. An avid conservationist, Charlie has also made some decisions about what to do with the property he owns and what to leave to his godson, Chaz. A wayward youth, Chaz appears to have settled down. Marriage to a charming ex-actress promises to be just what Chaz needs-or is it? A deadly mystery combines with the greater mystery of Hudson's loss and recovery to beautifully illustrate the resilience of the human spirit. Several of Hudson's film reviews embedded in the text may be distracting to some readers, but they help chart his emotional progress. Memorable characters, particularly Hudson and Charlie, and vivid descriptions of the Gulf Coast with its magnificent sunsets enhance this assured debut.
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Descripción Poisoned Pen Press, 2007. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M1590584198