A decent, ordinary life jeopardized by a catastrophically
extraordinary event: this is the story, mythic in its outline and
substance, that Judy Troy--author of two New York Times Notable
Books and Whiting award winner--tells in From the Black Hills.
In Wheatley, South Dakota, during the summer before Mike Newlin is
to begin college, his father, an insurance salesman, shoots and
kills the young woman who works for him as his receptionist. He
disappears, and Mike is left behind in shock and grief. With his
future suddenly obscured, Mike finds himself nearly overwhelmed by
his present circumstances--not only the emotional damage inflicted
by his father's awful crime but also his mother's dismay, the
insinuating methods of a criminal investigator named Tom DeWitt,
his girlfriend's anxieties, and his longing for an older woman who
lives nearby--and the question of whether he will ever see his
father again and what will happen if he does.
As imposing as the landscape that forms its setting, From the
Black Hills conveys with compassionate power the drama of a young
man who must try to overcome his father's dark legacy.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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