By G. D. Gearino
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9780684837277, 224pp.)
Publication Date: August 1999
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The summer is hot in Barrington, Georgia, and Charley, who is seventeen years old, is having a run of bad luck. His girlfriend has rejected him, his fellow white people think he is a fool, black people don't trust him, and a whole staff of football coaches is ready to kill him. His food doesn't taste good, his truck won't run right, and he hasn't caught a fish in ages. Oh, and he is still a virgin, too.
But in G.D. Gearino's "Blue Hole," Charley's luck changes finally. It happens the day he meets Tallasee Tynan, an award-winning photographer as alienated from the town as he, and feeling just about the same level of dejection. Charley signs on as a gofer in Tallasee's studio and soon finds himself sorting out much more than photographs. When an old mountain woman asks Tallasee to find her grandson -- a strange boy who was last seen at a local hippie commune -- Charley begins a series of adventures that leads him to uncover a sinister secret related to his mom's mysterious past, and his discovery sets a series of events in motion that eventually turns him from an awkward, insecure boy into a man.
At once a vivid picture of Southern small-town life, with its complicated relationships, loyalties, and deceptions, a murder mystery with page-turning suspense, and a heartwarming coming-of-age story, "Blue Hole" is G.D. Gearino's finest effort yet.