Where the Wildflowers Bloom
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by Nick DiChario
Description: When Henry meets Joyce he sees her as his last chance to find happiness in a community that has turned against him. But there is more than love on the menu at Joyce's trendy new restaurant, in a town where no bad deed goes unpunished.
eBook Publisher: Fictionwise.com, 2004 Death Dines In
eBookwise Release Date: March 2005
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [25 KB]
Reading time: 13-19 min.
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Each new day, Henry hopes that he'll not have to think about it anymore. But of course he does. He thinks about it in the morning, even before he's fully awake. He thinks about it late at night as the TV flickers him into restless sleep. It's his first thought and his last thought every day, and how many millions of thoughts in-between he cannot even begin to guess. He thinks about the shame and public humiliation. He thinks about the injustice of it all, how the district attorney made him a scapegoat, and how there is nothing he can do to save himself--his job as assistant DA, his career as a lawyer, his ruined self-image and equally ruined reputation. He thinks.
Had it happened in a small town, he might have been able to run far enough away from the publicity to live a normal life in some other small town. Had it happened in a big city like Los Angeles or New York or Chicago, where political indiscretions are a normal and even integral part of the not-so-hidden landscape, people might have believed he was set up to take a fall--he might have even gained some of the public's sympathy. But it happened in Tuscany, New York, a moderate town in every way, moderate in population and religion and government, moderate in business and education and entertainment, moderate in fashion and roadwork and garbage collection. Here in this moderate town, Henry is big news. There is no escaping his mistakes, regardless of who is to blame for them.