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Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Fiction: Mystery / Suspense & Thriller
Unabridged   10.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/05/2016

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622318919
Digital Download ISBN:9781622318926


"A wonderful, beauty-haunted piece of work. Tarkington's voice in his hard-to-put-down debut novel has a timeless feel to its cadences, the same bittersweet music we hear in the storytelling of the best of our Southern writers."—Bob Shacochis, author of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

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Six-year-old Rocky worships his older brother Paul—sixteen and full of rebel cool, smoking cigarettes, driving around in his Nova blasting Neil Young—until the day Paul, in an ill-advised act of vengeance against their father, picks Rocky up from school and nearly leaves him for dead in the woods. Paul then runs off with his beautiful, fragile girlfriend, never to be heard from again.

Eight years later Rocky is a teenager himself. Although he's never forgotten the abandonment of his boyhood hero, he's now getting over it, with the help of the wealthy neighbor's daughter, Patricia, ten years his senior, who has taken him as her lover. Rocky's in love—or thinks he is—but the affair sets off a sequence of events that brings ruin to the lives of both families.

In the spirit of Willie Morris, Tom Franklin, and Wiley Cash, this spellbinding debut draws you into a small-town American Gothic story of family fealty, scandal, and murder.


"Brilliantly explores the winding roads and culs-de-sac of love . . . This addictive tale of abandonment and forgiveness will haunt you long after you've turned the last page."—Elizabeth Stuckey-French, author of The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

"An elegant bildungsroman . . . The plot turns along family strife, naked desire, and sometimes violent treachery, but at its core Only Love Can Break Your Heart is a love story that just might break your heart, too."—Matt Bondurant, author of The Night Swimmer and The Wettest County in the World

Author Bio

Ed Tarkington received a BA from Furman University, an MA from the University of Virginia, and PhD from the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida State. A frequent contributor to Chapter16.org, his articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Nashville Scene, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Post Road, the Pittsburgh Quarterly, the Southeast Review, and elsewhere. A native of Central Virginia, he lives in Nashville, Tennessee.