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Enduring (Stay More series) by [Harington, Donald]
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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 storytellers. 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, Fayetteville, where he has been lecturing for twenty-one years. His first novel, The Cherry Pit, was published by Random House in 1965, and since then he has published fourteen 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. In 2006, he was awarded the inaugural Oxford American award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. 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: 727 KB
  • Print Length: 511 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 159264256X
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AZIP8E
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8b42dc78) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bd08738) out of 5 stars A wonderful, enduring novel 29 Sept. 2009
By D. Chaudoir - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Welcome to Stay More, Arkansas and the magical world of Latha Bourne, one of the most singularly interesting characters in all of American fiction. This beautiful, expansive novel is one of the most engrossing and fascinating works I have ever read. It follows the life of Latha Bourne, her entire life so far, from cradle to the age of something past 100.

Like all of Harington's books, there is no need to read them in any kind of order or sequence as Mr. Harington writes as a storyteller first, and he does it so artfully that every novel exists as its own creation--I myself have read his novels in different orders and have been rewarded in my own experience. There is no earthly way a reader will get lost in this book, other than in its enchantment and delicious plot. In fact this book itself may be a good place to start if it's your first Harington novel. If you read it you'll see why.

Latha Bourne is one of the most beautiful heroines in all of literature, and she is also one of the most independent and enduring. I loved learning about her family, her troubles, her "exile" and sojourn, and triumphant return to Stay More. Along the way, we meet and admire, perhaps fall in love with, a large cast of major and minor players (Every Dill, Doc Swain, the Duckworths, the Whitters, Dawny, Dan, Sharon, Larry, the Ingledews and Chisms and a few other surprises), all of whom--almost by magic--leave an indelible mark on the mind of the reader, the only place where in fact they exist. The settings vary from Stay More, Jasper, Little Rock, and Tennessee. I can't give away much more because I risk spoiling so many beautiful surprises that are best encountered in your reading.

The book is told as a wonderful story, as if around a campfire or an old fashioned gathering, and I couldn't help myself but want to visit this place sometime, to see if I could sit with Latha on her front porch, or near the dogtrot, and have a glass of lemonade and learn about the history of her mythical, inviting, beckoning hamlet.

Mr. Harington is well-known for his playful wordplay and musical language, and his impeccable comedic timing--all of which are present here. But he is not usually given his due as the master of suspense and plot he is... ENDURING is a testament to those talents. I turned the final page with a great deal of satisfaction and also without a clue where the hours went, the hours I spent happily traveling through Latha Bourne's remarkable life.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bde9d80) out of 5 stars Another excellent Harington novel 30 Sept. 2009
By J. E. Hazell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just want to repeat what these other reviewers have said - if you've never read a Donald Harington novel, then you're really missing out on a unique voice in American literature. I'm no expert or anything, but I've read quite a bit of fiction, and I don't think there's anybody like him. As these other reviewers say, he's funny - sometimes hilarious - and the stories are all tremendously compelling.
Read Enduring, or With, or The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, or The Cockroaches of Stay More, or any one of his novels really (I wouldn't recommend Let Us Build Us a City, which is non-fiction, unless you've already read a novel or two of his).
Over the years, I've recommended Harington to probably 6-8 people, and without exception, they say he is one of the best they've ever read. And every one of them has read more. In a moment of, oh, I don't know, perhaps nostalgia, I even sent a copy of With to my ex-wife. She said it was the best novel she'd ever read.
Give him a try - you're in for a treat.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b3ed804) out of 5 stars A Breakthrough 26 Oct. 2009
By Mark Levine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am cheered to see the growing readership for Harington, but it nonetheless still appears to be a delighted but still relatively small cult, and the man deserves better. I am united with other readers in my estimation of Harington, and Enduring transcends his recent few, hearkening back to the earlier ones. It may finally achieve that critical mass for Harington the reward for which is an incremental increase in sales, and the nomination for the major awards. It is the best novel I have read this year and Toby Press--- if you are listening--- take it from a longtime reader and one with thirty years of experience in book publishing, push this one hard, get some publicity going, and earn this author (kudos for your publication and re-publication of his oeuvre)the vastly wider recognition he merits.
Have any of you recommended Harington to anyone and not gotten fulsome thanks for the favor you have done him/her? Let's help grow that following exponentially. Talk it up.
Stay More, friends.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b4fba74) out of 5 stars "The Secret of Enduring..." 30 Sept. 2009
By S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"The secret of enduring is not to harden oneself against loss, but to soften oneself in acceptance." Latha Bourne's life story shares her youth, her struggles, her loves and losses. This almost odyssey-like tale follows her through one predicament after another, through time in and out of the very small burg of Stay More, AK. Harington has created her vividly enough to convince the reader they've known Latha for years. This book did something few books do - it gave me a sense of childhood - the feeling of a hot summer's day, the way kids create rules for the world around them before they know or accept the rules created by others. It also gave me a great respect for people who must deal with tremendous ordeals in their lives. Many of Latha's experiences are enough to make most people crack under the weight - but she's continued to have a sense of humor and she's learned the secret that helps her endure.

The additional cast of characters becomes known to the reader, and I understand they've been part of Harington's fictional world for 40 years. I especially like Every Dill, a hero if ever there was one.

A note of caution: I think while we talk about this book being a classic, which probably will enhance its readership, one should know that a LOT of sex appears in this book. I know some adults prefer not to read lit that features sexual situations, and some parents like to be aware of content in books read by their children/teens. This book contains quite a lot of discussion about sex as well as many situations of sex. The story's entertaining and compelling, and I appreciate being introduced to an author I'm sorry to say I never knew existed who *definitely can write*, but one should be aware of the frequent reference to sex in this novel.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b3ed54c) out of 5 stars Donald Harington death 10 Nov. 2009
By Gary L. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For those who haven't already heard, Donald Harington passed away on Nov 7th. He will be deeply missed. That "Enduring" is his last novel brings tears to my eyes. It's a beautiful novel, our last visit to Stay More. Rich, vibrant. I will be rereading all of his works over the next few months, recapturing what I first felt upon my first and subsequent visits to Stay More and all the places in between.
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