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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (September 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151010145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151010141
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,344,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

There's lots of quiet mourning in Bausch's elegiac novel set in Columbia Beach, Md., a tourist town that's seen better days. County sheriff David Caldwell is in town on a professional mission—to open up the disused jail—and a much more important personal one: to reunite with his 20-year-old son, Todd, who's spent five years in a "juvenile detention center." When he was 13, Todd killed his younger brother, Bobby, and his father, plagued with anguish at the loss, still wonders whether the slaying was accidental or murder. Columbia Beach hardly seems to need a jail, except for the problematic Cecil Edwards, who terrorizes the town with his unpredictable behavior. Less happens than one might think given the novel's aura of violence. The main theme is grief assuaged by the redemptive power of love, embodied in the unusual character of Lindsey Hunter, an adoptee who seeks out her birth mother and discovers a brother (Cecil) and a soul mate (Todd). At times the prose is beautiful—spare and lyrical—and the empathy of Bausch (A Hole in the Earth) for all his characters is impressive, but the narrative arc remains hazily indistinct.
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For a parent, the pain of losing a child is a wound that never heals. For Sheriff David Caldwell, the loss is doubly tragic, since his older son, Todd, is the one responsible for his younger son's death. When he is sentenced to five years at a state juvenile detention center, Todd becomes as lost to his family as if he, too, had died. Now, two years after his release, Todd finally contacts his father in hope of reconciling their past. They meet in a languishing resort town where David is caught in the midst of a deadly feud between Cecil Edwards, a malevolent loner, and several town businessmen. It will take the presence of Lindsey Hunter, an enigmatic young woman searching for her own lost family, for father and son to be reunited and for the town to find an elusive peace. The ephemeral nature of family is a recurring theme in Bausch's works, one that he explores with transcendence, grace, and abundant sensitivity. Carol Haggas
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Carlos Martinez (Author) on September 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Bausch has done it again. Another novel about life and how life is hard sometimes, but we go on. We forgive and we love, the cycle keeps going. This may be his best novel yet. I am a huge fan of this writer and always waiting for his next work . Not only do I admire him as a person, but also as a writer. Great writer and unique. Someone who refuses to go mainstream and dares to be different. I think Bausch might be the one to set the standard for the more modern American writers who want to be the next Twain or Hemingway. Don't look for those two writers in him, but a writer makes his or her own legacy and style. "A hole in the earth" was very real and so is "Out of Season." He does it again and don't judge it until you read it. Those who know good writing will definitely not turn their back on it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Bausch takes an almost deserted landscape in Virginia Beach, a resort town abandoned by the tourists until the summer season, and peoples it with damaged characters that are at home with the isolation of this place. His protagonists act out their individual human dramas, each stumbling under a burden of unsettling and unfamiliar emotions. County Sheriff David Caldwell is opening up a local office, commuting back and forth to his home when not ensconced in the local, almost empty, Clary Hotel. Caldwell has never really recovered from the accidental death of his youngest son, Bobby, eight, at the hands of his eleven-year old brother, Todd. After going to trial before a judge, Todd was found guilty of manslaughter, sent to Juvenile Detention until his eighteenth birthday.

Two years later and living on his own resources, Todd chooses not to return home, but offers to meet with his father in Virginia Beach. David has failed to make peace with his older son; he has found it increasingly impossible to bridge the gap between Todd and himself. It is the nature of their tragedy, one in which neither can comfort the other. Caldwell is a tormented man, his loss of one son the occasion of the loss of the other, unsettling him in a way that allows no peace of mind. Meanwhile, Todd is nursing the hurts of a wasted childhood, in many ways still the wounded child who has done the unforgivable and torn his family asunder.

Lindsay Hunter is an adopted child in search of her birth mother. When she shows up at her mother's trailer, a scant distance from the Ferris Wheel on the boardwalk, Lindsey learns that her mother has been dead for a few years.
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