One man’s search for personal grace in a town plagued by misfortune Henry Soames runs a diner in an eccentric rural community in the Catskills. He is anxious and overweight, and at age forty-two, suffers from poor health. When Callie Wells, Soames’s seventeen-year-old employee, is impregnated by a local boy on his way to college, it becomes apparent that both are in need of a little help. After an unsuccessful attempt to find Callie a husband, Henry accepts the role. But soon after the improbable marriage commences, strange events occur in the small town, and Henry’s pursuit of personal salvation begins. Written by the author of October Light and The Sunlight Dialogues, Nickel Mountain is a wonderfully conceived narrative about one man’s search for fulfillment in a lonely world. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of John Gardner, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives.
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Thus we have Henry Soames of the Stop-Off diner, a lonely man with a bad heart in a hulk of a body run to fat -- Henry who hires Callie to work for him, a girl of seventeen who proves to be pregnant by Willard, a young man who lights out quickly.Mar 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Nickel Mountain
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