By Dorie McCullough Lawson
The summer season of 1995 marks Kate Colter's 15th yr within the small city of Hayden, Wyoming. a brand new Englander at middle, Kate loves her husband and daughter and is keen on her friends. but, privately, she feels disconnected from the folks round her. Then alongside comes Tom Baxter. Her mother-in-law's new suitor from "back East," Tom instantly attracts Kate in together with his mild allure and interesting dialog, like a bit piece of the house she so misses. yet inconsistencies in his tales are piquing Kate's curiosity—and a chain of unusual and suspicious occasions is major her to a terrifying end which may ceaselessly shatter her existence and the lives of these she loves.
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The conversation moved easily from topic to topic. Tom said he wanted to see the Custer Battlefield and asked how far away it was. I felt a pang of guilt because the Battle of the Little Bighorn is really the only nationally significant historic site near Hayden and there I was, Miss American Studies, and I’d been there only once, and that was years ago. Then somehow we got on the subject of old people and Tom entertained us with stories of three old sisters he knew. I won’t be able to tell it • 45 • D O R I E M C C U L L O U G H L AW S O N in the charming way he did, but here’s the story: Three old ladies, sisters, lived together.
23 • D O R I E M C C U L L O U G H L AW S O N Sunday dinners were often at my grandparents’ house around the corner in their grand, white clapboard Victorian with dark green, nearly black shutters and a distant view of the Bristol harbor. We ate by candlelight at a table under a portrait of a Charles Linscott, an ancestor from way back. In addition to my grandparents, any number of relatives might be there—sometimes aunts and uncles and cousins, sometimes old great-aunts, sometimes just my parents, my younger brother, John, and me.
Stanley is no brilliant career. But Joanie, the most accomplished woman I know, who intellectually and professionally seems to use every ounce of everything she has, doesn’t seem to be disappointed with me, at all. Somehow she still sees potential. • 55 • chapter 6 6 You’d never know by looking at Clara that there’s anything at all wrong with her. Nor would you suspect something was amiss by the way she acts, or speaks, or moves. But deny her nourishment for a length of time that could be as short as six hours, and there would be no mistaking that there is something severely, frighteningly wrong with this child.
Along Comes a Stranger: A Novel by Dorie McCullough Lawson