Heading Out to Wonderful
By Robert Goolrick
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565129238, 296pp.)
Publication Date: June 2012
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It is the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, recently back from the war in Europe, shows up in the town of Brownsburg, a sleepy village nestled in the Valley of Virginia. All he has with him are two suitcases: one contains his few possessions, including a fine set of butcher knives; the other is full of money. A lot of money. "Heading Out to Wonderful" is a haunting, heart-stopping novel of love gone terribly wrong in a place where once upon a time such things could happen.