West of Rehoboth (Paperback)
Harper Perennial, 9780380800421, 256pp.
Publication Date: August 20, 2002
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Digital Audiobook (6/9/2011)
Set in the early 1960s, West of Rehoboth is the moving story of twelve-year-old Edward Massey. Each summer, to escape the heat of Philadelphia, Edward's family moves to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The "coloreds only" side of a pristine resort on Rehoboth Beach offers work for his mother and a sandy playground for his sister. But for Edward -- an imaginative, inquisitive boy -- it offers the chance to understand his reclusive, curmudgeonly Uncle Rufus, a man caught in a swirl of hard luck and bad choices.
Forging a tenuous bond, their relationship will take Edward on a harrowing journey through Rufus's past, facing the violence, disappointment, and frustration that shaped his destiny. Award-winning author Alexs Pate tells a mesmerizing story -- of family, of coming of age, of reconciliation -- revealing the extraordinary compassion and healing power of one unforgettable boy.
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Praise For West of Rehoboth: A Novel…
“Richly conceived . . . Pate’s characters are fully imagined.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Pate creates extraordinarily well-developed characters, and his prose is eloquent and nuanced. A powerful coming-of-age tale.”
— Booklist, starred review
“A profoundly affecting story . . . Pate writes from the heart.”
— Kirkus Reveiws
“A poignant tale . . . A multilayered exploration of love and redemption.”
— Minnesota Monthly
“Reading West of Rehoboth was like being grabbed by hand by an adventurous friend and taken on a memorable expedition.”
— Patty Rice, author of Reinventing the Woman: A Novel