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West of Rehoboth: A Novel Paperback – August 20, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
twelve-year-old Edward Massey is in west Rehoboth, a
genteel beach resort town in Delaware. Each summer he
and his family come here to stay with his Aunt Edna
and escape the volatile streets of Philadelphia. An
avid Agatha Christie reader intrigued with the mystery
of his gruff and haggard Uncle Rufus C. Brown - who
oddly lives in a frail shack behind his Aunt Edna's
house - Edward is determined to discover Rufus's past,
find out what everyone seems to either disregard or
fear in him. What he unleashes in the process is the
broken identity of a man who has always had hard luck
on his heels. With a set of truths as naked as we each
are when we enter the world, Alexs D. Pate renders a
stunning chronology of misery's evolution into a man.
Pate shrewdly plunges us so deep into despair that
we know it by its other name: Rufus. A colorful haunt!
West of Rehoboth is a wonderful read with strong character development. Young Edward and elderly Rufus jump off the pages and into your heart as you read this poignant and engaging story.Read more ›
Every summer Edward's father take him, his mom and his younger sister to West Rehoboth to get away from the ongoing madness in their inner city surrounding. This particular summer Edward decides to put on his best detective hat and find out more about the strange man he know knows as Uncle Rufus.
One of the things that drew me into this book is that Edward reminds me of my younger days when I was always trying to figure out the what, where, how and why of everything. Edwards wants to know what his Uncle Rufus did that has him banned from his Aunt Edna's house. He wants to know where he disappears to without a trace. He wants to know how does he suddenly reappear and no one says anything and he wants to know why everyone says Uncle Rufus is crazy and why everyone tells him to stay away from him.
As Edward goes on to find the answers to this questions he also learns a couple of lessons about life and reality. Sorry, you'll have to read the book yourself and go along the journey with Edward to find out what the answers are :-D.
I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons...I found the book to be captivating at times but I'll be honest it starts a little slow. The author developed the main characters so well that sometimes you knew what they were thinking. The book also has some suspenseful moments that will keep you turning the pages.
I recommend this book if you want to experience writing on a different level. I will surely be picking up more books by this wonderful author.
boy who wants to know why his uncle is an outcast within the family.
Edward Massey is a twelve-year-old boy who does not fit the typical
description of a young boy during the 60's. He enjoys reading
more then playing baseball with his friends. In fact, his favorite
books center on the fictional detective Hercule Poirot and the
mysteries of Agatha Christie.
Every summer Edward and his family travel to Rehoboth
Beach in Delaware. Edward's father drives them to Rehoboth and drops
Edward, his sister, and mother off at his Aunt Edna's house,
which serves as a restaurant, dance hall, and a place where people
come and rent rooms. Aunt Edna is famous in the area for her Bar-B-Q
ribs. Edward's mother works every summer as a waitress to help with
the family finances. The other reason for coming to Rehoboth Beach
was for him and his sister to get away from Philadelphia for the
summer to avoid the temptations of the streets.
The trips are annual, but his curiosity of his Uncle Rufus, which
everyone in the family avoids talking about,increases. This summer,
Edward was determined to find out everything he could about
his Uncle Rufus and why his uncle wasn't allowed in Aunt Edna's house.
He also wanted to know where Uncle Rufus always disappeared to during
the course of the summer, and then would suddenly reappear. When the
family members gather at Aunt Edna's house, he could hear
whispers about his uncle being crazy and when they saw him they would
suddenly stop talking. Edward was going to solve the mystery behind
his Uncle Rufus, even though he had been warned every summer to stay
away from his uncle.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We have a second home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and love learning the history of the town. This book gave us lots of new information.Published on January 1, 2014 by cas
This is the first book I've read by this author. I would not read another of his books, based on this. Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by Libby
The question Pates asks is a worthwhile one - how can the drunks on the street feel no shame?
It wasn't worth the effort to read this book to get his partial answer. Read more
Author Alexs Pate deftly depicts a post-Jim Crow '60s society where Whites and Blacks are still segregated beyond reason and the deck is stacked in the white man's favor. Read morePublished on July 12, 2003 by Your librarian
This is the first book I've read by Alexs Pate and I'm impressed with his writing style. West of Rehoboth starts out slow, but the time is spent introducing the reader to the... Read morePublished on January 2, 2003 by Smootchez
This is the first book I've read by Alexs Pate and I'm impressed with his writing style. West of Rehoboth starts out slow, but the time is spent introducing the reader to the... Read morePublished on December 28, 2002 by Smootchez
West of Rehobeth is a coming of age story for a 12 year-old African American boy, Eddie Massey. He (along with his mother and sister) spends summers away from the inner city to... Read morePublished on March 29, 2002 by Mocha Girl
Alexs D. Pate, is an author with a powerful writing voice. Like Edward, I lost my surroundings and ventured with Rufus to his past. Read morePublished on March 24, 2002 by Lauretta
This story will have you turning the pages... You want to find out who is Rufus and why is Rufus the way he is. Read morePublished on March 12, 2002 by Jackie M