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The Orphans of Race Point: A Novel Paperback – May 6, 2014
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“Set against the coast of Provincetown, Patry Francis’s fierce, ravishing epic cuts deep to the bone about how love binds us together and breaks us apart, and how the past’s thumbprint rests on the present. Tender, violent, and alive, it’s also unforgettable.” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times-bestselling author of Pictures of You)
“Patry Francis has written the sort of sprawling, Dickensian novel that readers long for in this post-modern age….The Orphans of Race Point has a breakneck pace, engaging characters, and a vividly rendered setting.” (Providence Journal)
“a Dickensian story….Its themes of passionate treachery and abiding love play out in sometimes heartbreaking ways. Recommend to readers wondering what to read after The Goldfinch.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“…this beautifully wrought novel is a sometimes wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of murder and betrayal in the face of faith, family in its truest sense, and—most of all—love.” (Booklist (starred review))
“This talented author engages our emotions and her descriptions are impeccable, and moving…it’s a joy to read a novel that’s expertly crafted right to the very end (Barnstable Patriot)
“This is a long book for a teen to tackle, but for those who relish a story of love and struggle and enjoy a good saga, this is a great recommendation.” (School Library Journal)
“…a sweeping family drama with its inherent mysteries and secrets…readers will be absorbed by the tragedies that push the story along, and the often engaging voice.” (Romantic Times)
“In The Orphans of Race Point, Patry Francis has poured a lifetime of wisdom into a thrilling, twisting plot, which holds up the human heart as a prism, turning it to show its many facets, its shadows and light.” (Susan Henderson, author of Up from the Blue)
“Stunning psychological suspense which poses the eternal question: how well can you know the people you love? This is riveting, bite-your-nails reading and the arrival of a great new talent.” (Lee Child on The Liar's Diary)
“A twisting ride full of dangerous curves and jaw-dropping surprises. This is one of my favorite reads of the year!” (Tess Gerritsen on The Liar's Diary)
“Twists and turns but never lets go.” (Jacquelyn Mitchard on The Liar's Diary)
“Outright chilling.” (Daily News on The Liar's Diary)
“Genuinely creepy . . . The unlikely friendship between a small-town school secretary and a flamboyant teacher proves deadly in this psychological murder mystery.” (Kirkus Reviews on The Liar's Diary)
“A quirky, well-written and well-constructed mystery with an edge.” (Publishers Weekly on The Liar's Diary)
Top Customer Reviews
I am not sure what to say, other than, "READ IT". Other reviewers have summarized the story line, so I won't. I found myself emotionally charged a number of times during the book. It was a beautiful, but painful story to read. I don't think anyone will be disappointed by the spectacular writing.
I will be checking out other works by this author and definitely telling my friends and family about it.
The Orphans of Race Point was laid out in seven parts, ranging, and skipping years between 1978 to 2011. Each section felt like it's own story, and sometimes, even a different genre. The way it came together, collectively, was nothing short of spectacular. Hallie and Gus, the shining stars of the plot line, begin their interaction at the precious age of 9, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, after Gus's mother has been murdered by his father. The pair form a silent, motherless, bond, and set into motion events that would become so very far out of their control. At 16, their bond deepens into a hormonal, teenage love affair-a relationship so seemingly untouchable, that the earth itself couldn't separate them. Though, there was always an underlying darkness, and on their prom night, it consumes not only Hallie and Gus, but every single person in their circle. The book flashes forward to adult life, where everyone's life has been permanently altered by the tragedy; Gus and Hallie torn apart by Gus's decision to enter the seminary. They are reunited in a later section, after Gus has been accused of a heinous crime. Love, and loyalty, become the driving forces, as Hallie and Gus's closest friends fight to prove his innocence, and solve the mysteries of their own lives.Read more ›
Oh, how I loved this book! When I first requested it, I didn’t realize how long it was so when it came in the mail I was nervous about reading a 500+ page book by an author I had never read before. Not only was the book sensational, but I am definitely going to pick up up one of her other works in the near future.
The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis follows the lives of Hallie and Gus, who became friends after a violent act left Gus an orphan. Their friendship did not take the traditional route (they didn’t meet on the playground), but from the beginning it’s evident that there are deeper ties that bind the two together than one would expect from two nine-year olds. As their friendship blossoms into something more in high school, another violent act leaves their lives shattered and their futures uncertain. As the two head in opposite directions in life, a third and final violent act brings their zig-zagging lives back together. Only this time, Gus is in prison and Hallie has to decide whether Gus is the man the law says he is or the man she thinks he is.
Told over the course of three decades, The Orphans of Race Point explores the outer limits of friendships and the ties that bind. Each character is rich, flawed, and absolutely perfect. At no point during this book did I feel that the author could have done more or less, for each word and action was carefully crafted to catapult the reader toward a shocking end. Beyond the lives of Gus and Hallie, Francis uses secondary characters and a seaside backdrop to tell a story so stunning it will leave you staggering with emotion. With a story that transcends time, The Orphans of Race Point is the perfect book to cozy up.
P.S. – It’d make a great Book Club pick, too!
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Lengthy at times with too much explanation by narrator. I could have surmised things that were thoroughly explained. Thank youPublished 3 days ago by Sarah Epperson
I loved this book, it told a story unlike others have I have read recently. Do yourself a favor and read this next,Published 5 days ago by Karen Ojdana
This is a long book but I LOVE a GOOD long book! It's a story about enduring (and those not enduring) childhood relationships, love, murder and faith. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mary Jo Persons
Fabulous book, enjoyed reading it. Would make a great movie!!!Published 6 days ago by Sherron Fergi
great summer read. Characters really developed and plot line was full of surprises. A reaal page turnerPublished 7 days ago by barbara perotti