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Some Other Place. The Right Place. (Stay More) [Kindle Edition]

Donald Harington
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It is June. Diana Stoving's new Porsche has just broken down on the Garden State Parkway, and Diana, twenty-one, freshly graduated from Sarah Lawrence, sits in a dealer's showroom, waiting for repairs. Bored and impatient, Diana leafs through the local newspaper - and by pure chance reads the news item that will change the course of her life, that will launch her on a year's journey, a year of the strangest adventures she could ever hope to endure, suffer and enjoy. For it is this news item that leads her to meet Day Whittacker, a shy, eighteen-year-old Eagle Scout, who his high school English teacher, experimenting with 'age regression' claims is the reincarnation of a hell-raising countryman named Daniel Lyam Montross, a man who had lived a wild, romantic life and died a violent death - twenty years earlier.

About the Author

Although he was born and raised in Little Rock, Donald Harington spent nearly all of his early summers in the Ozark mountain hamlet of Drakes Creek, his mother's hometown, where his grandparents operated the general store and post office. There, before he lost his hearing to meningitis at the age of twelve, he listened carefully to the vanishing Ozark folk language and the old tales told by story-tellers. His academic career is in art and art history and he has taught art history at a variety of colleges, including his alma mater, the University of Arkansas. His first novel was published by Random House in 1965, and since then he has published twelve other novels, most of them set in the Ozark hamlet of his own creation, Stay More, based loosely upon Drakes Creek. He has also written books about artists. He won the Robert Penn Warren Award in 2003, the Porter Prize in 1987, the Heasley Prize at Lyon College in 1998, was inducted into the Arkansas Writers' Hall of Fame in 1999 and that same year won the Arkansas Fiction Award of the Arkansas Library Association. He has been called "an undiscovered continent" (Fred Chappell) and "America's Greatest Unknown Novelist" (Entertainment Weekly).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 840 KB
  • Print Length: 580 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612181074
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (4 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AYQTLK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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There are two subjects that particularly fascinate. One is "things para-normal" and the other is "sexuality." Harington's book explores both with such stunning originality and skill that I can hardly finish the book!
Let me explain. Usually when I'm reading I will dog-ear a page that I know I will want to return to some day. In this case, I have marked so many pages and individualy sections--even sentences--and I continue to return to many of them so frequently, that after three months I still haven't finished it! Oh, yes, I have actually read all the pages, including the last, but there remains so much wonder in this story and the telling of it that I really can't (if you'll excuse the cliche) put it down.
I cannot imagine how, or from what source, the author received his inspiration or research for this book. And how can he know that much about what goes on inside the human head, whether it be the characters' heads or our own?
I don't want to overdo it, and I know nothing else about the author except the fact of this book, but I am in awe of his insights and ability to express them in this way. The title, alone, is absolutely brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite ghost story... 24 Oct 1998
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Format:Paperback
My favorite ghost story is SOME OTHER PLACE, THE RIGHT PLACE. It is sexy, funny, sad, and wise. The story is about a college girl who happens reads a newspaper story about high school boy who, under hypnosis, has been channeling a ghost -- the ghost of her grandfather! She and the boy begin an odyssey, visiting all the ghost towns where the ghost used to live. Naturally the boy falls in love with the girl -- but she falls in love with the ghost who emerges in the boy when he is under hypnosis, so this becomes one strange love triangle. This book and THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE ARKANSAS OZARKS by the same author are the two books I most often give away to my friends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weird 2 Dec 2013
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I bought this for my Kindle because of the three 5 star reviews it had. However - although I did finish the book, it was hard work - and long! I have to say it was the most unusual book I have ever read, wherever the author gets his ideas from heaven knows! Overall I would have to say I really didn't enjoy this book, I'm sure it has some deep meaning, but if so, I didn't get it. I was waiting (and continuing to read) this book in the hope that I would get the meaning and insights that the author obviously intended. I did like the prose and the poetry, but overall I was pleased to have actually finished it and moved on to a more enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary story 20 Nov 2013
By Dijijo
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I've never read a book like this - absolutely extraordinary. The characterisation, story, sex, adventure, spirituality, personal survival, history of hidden forgotten country. Amazing. Couldn't put it down even tho it'd long. A total immersion in the story and its characters.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite ghost story... 24 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My favorite ghost story is SOME OTHER PLACE, THE RIGHT PLACE. It is sexy, funny, sad, and wise. The story is about a college girl who happens reads a newspaper story about high school boy who, under hypnosis, has been channeling a ghost -- the ghost of her grandfather! She and the boy begin an odyssey, visiting all the ghost towns where the ghost used to live. Naturally the boy falls in love with the girl -- but she falls in love with the ghost who emerges in the boy when he is under hypnosis, so this becomes one strange love triangle. This book and THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE ARKANSAS OZARKS by the same author are the two books I most often give away to my friends.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Book of All Time! 11 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I completely agree with the other reviewers. This is the most fascinating book I've ever read. Mr. Harington is an unsung genius. He should be picked by Oprah and then he might get the kudos he richly deserves. His writing is so beautiful, stories so imaginative,etc. etc. etc. Hard to believe one person could write so well.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was (and am) completely mesmerized by this novel. 25 Mar 1999
By austrian@ix.netcom.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There are two subjects that particularly fascinate. One is "things para-normal" and the other is "sexuality." Harington's book explores both with such stunning originality and skill that I can hardly finish the book!
Let me explain. Usually when I'm reading I will dog-ear a page that I know I will want to return to some day. In this case, I have marked so many pages and individualy sections--even sentences--and I continue to return to many of them so frequently, that after three months I still haven't finished it! Oh, yes, I have actually read all the pages, including the last, but there remains so much wonder in this story and the telling of it that I really can't (if you'll excuse the cliche) put it down.
I cannot imagine how, or from what source, the author received his inspiration or research for this book. And how can he know that much about what goes on inside the human head, whether it be the characters' heads or our own?
I don't want to overdo it, and I know nothing else about the author except the fact of this book, but I am in awe of his insights and ability to express them in this way. The title, alone, is absolutely brilliant!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, Different Love Story by Underrated Author 5 Feb 2009
By D. Summerfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I first picked up this book at a drug store in Ocean City, Maryland in 1974. I had no idea who Donald Harington was -- I just liked the picture on the cover. It seemed to be a nice thick romance-type book -- perfect for a week's reading at the beach. My eighteen-year-old self read right through the novel, and it was unlike anything I had ever read before. I had never forgotten it, and when I ran across my battered coverless copy when cleaning out my attic, I decided to try and find a nice clean copy of it. It is still in print, and rightly so. I ordered the entire Harington catalogue -- this wonderfully imaginative author has been writing fascinating gems since the early 1960s, and he is still turning out excellent prose. If you have never discovered him, do so at once.

This novel is the story of Diana Stoving, a young woman, newly graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, who is blithely driving her new Porsche to Philadelphia with a fellow graduate when they have car trouble. Pulling over in a one-horse town, they are forced to wait for a part to arrive so that the car can be repaired. The friend, eager to make a date in Philadelphia, goes on by bus. Our heroine waits with her car, and while idly flipping through the local newspaper comes across an article about a local teacher who is doing age-regression experiments by putting his students under hypnosis. The teacher is trying to prove the existence of past lives, a la "The Search for Bridey Murphy." Suddenly Diana realizes that one of the students, a high school senior named Day Whittacker, is channeling the memories of (or even was once, in a former life) Diana's long-dead grandfather. This grandfather had kidnapped Diana when she was only four years old and was shot to death by police in front of her.

Thus begins a fascinating search for the truth of Day's real identity, Diana's purpose in life, and how Daniel, the deceased grandfather, binds together these two young people. The novel is a wonderful love story. But it's also a story about identity, the nature of time, how death and eternity might work, why memory and family are important, and what it means to be alive. It's also sexy as all get-out.

I loved this novel when I was eighteen and I love it more than thirty years later. I recommend not only this book, but all of Harington's novels. If you are looking for a well-written, imaginative read, I cannot be too enthusiastic about this talented author. Book groups take note: This book is something very different which would appeal to both men and women readers.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites 13 Feb 2006
By Bayla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book way back in the seventies when it first came out. It was one of my all time favorites. Now that I know it is still in print, I am going to order it and read it again.
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