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Set on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a suspenseful page-turning saga of love, murder, and the true meaning of faith from the author of the acclaimed The Liars Diary.

Set in the close-knit Portuguese community of Provincetown, Massachusetts, The Orphans of Race Point traces the relationship between Hallie Costa and Gus Silva, who meet as children in the wake of a terrible crime that leaves Gus parentless. Their friendship evolves into an enduring and passionate love that will ask more of them than they ever imagined.

On the night of their high school prom, a terrible tragedy devastates their relationship and profoundly alters the course of their lives. And when, a decade later, Gus—now a priest—becomes entangled with a distraught woman named Ava and her daughter Mila, troubled souls who bring back vivid memories of his own damaged past, the unthinkable happens: he is charged with murder. Can Hallie save the man shes never stopped loving, by not only freeing him from prison but also—finally—the curse of his past?

Told in alternating voices, The Orphans of Race Point illuminates the transformative power of love and the myriad ways we find meaning in our lives.

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When a horrific act of violence shatters the peaceful October night in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the fates of nine-year-olds Gus Silva and Hallie Costa become inextricably entwined. Told in alternating voices, The Orphans of Race Point traces their relationship over the next three decades as they try to come to terms with the past. What begins as a childhood friendship evolves into something stronger, but when a terrible tragedy exhumes the ghosts they thought they'd put to rest, their dreams are abruptly destroyed.

Hallie and Gus move forward to build separate lives, but Gus's hard-won peace is threatened when he meets a troubled woman who awakens memories of the childhood he has worked so hard to forget. Although helping her offers him a chance at the redemption he desperately desires, it will come at a devastating price. Turning around an unthinkable betrayal, this epic, all-consuming novel explores how far we will go for love, even if it means sacrificing everything—and in doing so, celebrates our capacity for faith, forgiveness, and hope.

About the Author

Patry Francis is the author of The Liar's Diary and the blog 100 Days of Discipline for Writers. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the Tampa Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Ontario Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. She lives in Massachusetts.

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SAH, February 9, 2014 (view all comments by SAH)
The Orphans of Race Point

Author: Patry Francis
Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 6, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062281305
ISBN-13: 978-0062281302

From the Publisher: "The Orphans of Race Point traces the relationship between Hallie Costa and Gus Silva, who meet as children in the wake of a terrible crime that leaves Gus parentless. Their friendship evolves into an enduring and passionate love that will ask more of them than they ever imagined.
On the night of their high school prom, a terrible tragedy devastates their relationship and profoundly alters the course of their lives. And when, a decade later, Gus�"now a priest�"becomes entangled with a distraught woman named Ava and her daughter Mila, troubled souls who bring back vivid memories of his own damaged past, the unthinkable happens: he is charged with murder. Can Hallie save the man she’s never stopped loving, by not only freeing him from prison but also�"finally�"the curse of his past?
Told in alternating voices, The Orphans of Race Point illuminates the transformative power of love and the myriad ways we find meaning in our lives."

When you want to build a fire on the windy beaches of the Outer Cape, it’s best to start slowly; to protect a small pyre of driftwood twigs with your cupped hands and let the salt air funnel though them to ignite the spark. You shield it from the gale while funneling the buffeted channels of sea air as they swirl and the twigs catch fire; then slowly feed it until the flames are free to dance higher against the wind before settling into a crackling bed of hot red coals that warm the shore.
This is what reading The Orphans of Race Point felt like to me. With this story Patry Francis has carefully constructed a story with arcs and lulls leading to a satisfying conclusion.
As a thirty year ‘wash-a- shore’ my initial interest in this book was purely geographical �" the publisher’s synopsis didn’t really pique my interest all that much. I requested an Advance Reader Copy to see if the author captured the essence of the area and was curious to see how much of a part, if any, Cape Cod had in this novel. What I found was that the Cape is a character in this book; its influence shaped who the other characters are- just the way it does the life of anyone who lives here - and I cannot imagine this story taking place anywhere else or how these characters could have developed in any other cultural setting. This is not to say that they are constricted by their location, but rather their personalities are authentically deepened by the richness of the community Francis portrays.
From the first section of what I thought was going to be a romance novel, the author has created a landscape of memorable, multidimensional characters who tell a “who done it” mystery laden with love, pain, fear, betrayal, and hope as their own, and you don’t doubt them for a moment. Because they have been so richly nuanced, the reader’s insight into each of the three speaker’s motivations allow them to propel their intricately woven story lines forward with realism and recognition.
The Orphans of Race Point spans decades in the lives of its two main characters, Hallie Costa and Gus Silva ( both familiar surnames in PTown) and the events that lead to the introduction of the third, Mila,many years into the story. Through a series of horrific events fueled by violence, alcohol, jealousy and deceit, our three protagonists manage to find faith, friendship, love and ultimately peace in what turns into a quest for truth and justice.
Given my luke-warm response to the synopsis, and the fact that I’ve not read Francis’ first book, I had no expectations of The Orphans of Race Point. What I discovered was not just a mystery, not just a love story, not just an exploration of how a person’s perception of events shapes his life, not just how inner strength and love can help overcome obstacles, not just how acceptance is as big a part of love as passion, but all of the above.

My thanks to Harper Perennial for forwarding this ARC. I’ll be gifting this one when it’s published.




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ISBN:
9780062281302
Author:
Francis, Patry
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.09 in 22.8 oz

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"Synopsis" by , When a horrific act of violence shatters the peaceful October night in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the fates of nine-year-olds Gus Silva and Hallie Costa become inextricably entwined. Told in alternating voices, The Orphans of Race Point traces their relationship over the next three decades as they try to come to terms with the past. What begins as a childhood friendship evolves into something stronger, but when a terrible tragedy exhumes the ghosts they thought they'd put to rest, their dreams are abruptly destroyed.

Hallie and Gus move forward to build separate lives, but Gus's hard-won peace is threatened when he meets a troubled woman who awakens memories of the childhood he has worked so hard to forget. Although helping her offers him a chance at the redemption he desperately desires, it will come at a devastating price. Turning around an unthinkable betrayal, this epic, all-consuming novel explores how far we will go for love, even if it means sacrificing everything—and in doing so, celebrates our capacity for faith, forgiveness, and hope.

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