Monday, September 19, 2011

The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan

The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan is the story of how one old lady's generosity affects the members of her small rural Vermont community.Forced into confinement by her social anxiety disorder and agoraphobia, Mary McCallister has always trusted the wrong people her whole life. After the death of her abusive husband and caring father, Mary is left to fend for herself. Her husband's family wants nothing to do with her. Except grandpop Connor McCallister, who makes sure Mary is financially secure and set for the rest of her life. It is Conner who makes the local priest promise to help Mary for the rest of her life because of her social condition. The loyalty of the priest brings Mary a crucial friendship.

The Mill River Recluse follows the stories of a Police Chief and his bakery wife, a life-risking Boston police officer turned tired small-town cop and his motherless daughter, a new grade school teacher and a certain evil-minded pyromaniac whose lives all affect each other.

Mary lives her life experiencing the world from her marble mansion on the hill by looking out the window down onto the town she loves. She gets information about the inhabitants from newspapers, radio shows and television. Now on her death bed, she wants to give something back to the community she has watched grow over those sixty years. Something that will change all their lives forever.

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