The Gypsy Man by Robert Bausch

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"The motto of Crawford, Virginia, might well be Beware what you fear, because it may come true. Penny Bone is terrified of the town's local legend of a child-stealing phantom. Henry Gault, her six-year-old daughter's teacher, scoffs at the tale, trusting in reason and foresight to safeguard what is most precious to him." "Penny's husband, John, is in prison for an accidental murder that happened because he was trying to be too careful. And in prison he will, almost certainly, become a hero, which makes him prey to what he fears most - hope." An eerie succession of events will take these people into the bull's-eye of risk that everyday life presents. While the Gypsy Man may be just one of Crawford's myths, John and Penny Bone are as real as the rising sun, and their strength, separately and together, reminds us why life is worth living. The Gypsy Man, and its characters, illuminates how an elusive truth lives behind every legend.

About Robert Bausch

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Robert Bausch is the author of four novels and a collection of short stories. His most recent novel, A Hole in the Earth, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year as well as a Washington Post Book World Favorite Book of the Year. He lives in Stafford, Virginia, and teaches literature and creative writing at Northern Virginia Community College.
Published January 1, 2002 by Harcourt. 512 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A small Virginia mountain community in the late 1950s is the setting for this vivid and heartrending tale of dreadful accidents, fear, guilt, heroism and redemption by the author of A Hole in the Earth At its center is a couple, John and Penny Bone, with a cherished small daughter, Tory.

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