Erasing age and genre barriers, prize-winning, bestselling YA author Hinton turns out a dark, funny, scary, suspenseful tale that will entertain mainstream and adventure/horror readers alike. Jamie Sommers is orphaned at the age of eight in 1950 and sent to live with some nasty nuns until graduating as a troubled young man to a life at sea. After surviving a number of life-threatening adventures in exotic ports, he ends up in the small town of Hawkes Harbor on the Delaware coast, where he stumbles into a situation so dire his entire life is changed in a manner of minutes. His new employer, the mysterious Grenville Hawke, lord of Hawkes Hall, known to Jamie as It, the Thing and the Vampire, almost kills Jamie, then goes on to enslave him for years to come. Moving back and forth through time, Hinton twists and shapes her bleak material until the story and the reader's expectations have been turned upside down. This is an adult novel, meaning that Hinton gets to write sex scenes and use the word fuck when she wants to, but the basic elements that made her 30-year-old book TheOutsiders a long-time bestseller are present in this rousing read. This is a contemporary Treasure Island with a genre-bending twist. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Remember what made The Outsiders, Tex, and Rumble Fish classics? Hintons first adult novel (appropriate for teens, too) contains some of those same elements, but critics arent quite sure what to make of it. Hinton knows how to tell a story, and this ones entertaining, ghoulish, and full of fantastical adventures. But the non-chronological time frame and confusing narration left some reviewers bewildered. A few unexplained elements, from Jamies fading voice and changes in Hawkess personality, also left them hanging. But, if youre curious to know what Hintons been up to the past 25 years and dont expect a classic, Hawkes Harbor is worth a go. Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.
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