Charlie Beale is a young man without a home to return to in the aftermath of World War II. He makes his way to the small town of Brownsburg, nestled in a picturesque valley in Virginia. In his eyes, he was looking for wonderful, and he found it in this sleepy little village. Like an Appalachian ballad, Heading out to Wonderful is a haunting melody with a cautionary tale.
Beale sets down roots in his idyllic locale and meets the girl of his dreams. What follows becomes more of a nightmare than dream.
I so enjoyed Goolrick’s narrative of a man and a woman, who embrace a false idea of life, rather than reality. It was a page turner from start to finish!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012