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With (Stay More #10)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  355 ratings  ·  62 reviews
With is the sensual, suspenseful and irresistible tale of Robin Kerr, a young girl abducted from her family and brought to a remote Ozark mountaintop, where she is left to fend for herself. Over the course of a decade, Robin grows up without human relationship, but with the company of animals and an inhabit, the half-living ghost of a young boy. In this magical novel in th ...more
Kindle Edition, 508 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2003)
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this is one of the best stay more novels, but by saying that i am still recommending, as i always do, for each one of you to sit down with his entire collection and read them all in order. and i don't want to hear any whining about your lives and the things you have to get done other than reading an obscure american writer's complete works, because i am wholly uninterested in your complaints. if you have ever heard a nagging inner voice telling you, "you know, you should probably read proust", t ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Oh, did you say stark Southern lit and magical realism combined with a big ole dose of human ickiness and the inner-workings of a morbid mind rationalizing deviant behavior? All together?! Cool! Did you also say cultivation of a common fantasy of living off the land in an isolated Eden complete with a veritable circus of pets all living in harmony together, and with whom you are capable of actually communicating as you grow your own food and run around doing cartwheels in your birthday suit with ...more
Rodney Welch
This is a flamboyantly ridiculous novel: a graceless, crudely-written pile of hillbilly nonsense that fascinated and repelled me at the same time.

The story follows a young girl who is abducted by a child molester and taken to live in his broken-down mountain retreat. It is told from the point of view of the girl, a dog, and the spirit (as opposed to ghost) of a former resident. The girl is a lithe young beauty, and as we watch her grow from a spunky young nymph to a
glorious pin-up, the book beco
The penultimate book I read, History: A Novel, was written by a Jewish-Italian author and is based in part on her own experiences in World War II Rome.

This book, With, read immediately after, was written by a deaf, American author and is based in part on his own experiences in the wilds of the Ozarks.

You would think that these novels could not be more different in style, plot and themes. Indeed, I like to alternate my reading choices (fiction to non-fiction, American to International). After a l
There aren't enough Ws, Ts, and Fs to describe how I feel about this bullshit old-man masturbatory fantasy. By the end, I couldn't choose between giving into disbelieving laughter or just plain puking, so I went with both. On a sentence level, the writing is messy, amateurish, and silly; the dialects and sexual euphemisms are almost hilariously wretched. The plot jerks from one major milestone to the next, often skipping large chunks of narrative to hurry the reader on to the author's real and s ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Elaine rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elaine by: Karen on Goodreads
I detested this book. I hated it, from the clumsy rendering of an Ozarks accent to the dog who has a language parallelling human language, to the premise that a 7 year old could survive alone in the deep woods until adulthood with only a pet bear, deer, racoon, bobcat, and a bevy of dogs to help her out. The bear would've eaten her and the deer and the racoon if they hadn't all hightailed it earlier. I do love the magical realism of South American novels, but this didn't qualify as that, either. ...more
I really like Harington, and really thought the other book of his I read, When Angels Sleep, was quite wonderful and accomplished. The guy can write, and he can write these wonderful overlapping kinds of stories, and also ones that go some pretty weird and dark places-- this one certainly starts out well, with the abduction of a little girl by a state trooper who intends to, well, molest her and kind of remake the world in his and her image. Promising, challenging, and interesting.

But as it goes
I am torn in my review of this book! I can't recommend it enough with its magical mountaintop fable and clever menagerie! What I wouldn't give for some Hreapha's and Roberts, Shebas and Ralgrub (characters with their own opinions on the world though they are dogs, bobcats, snakes, and racoons). But I can't help but commenting that the fantasy of the main character's sexual development is so written as some kind of nabokovian wet dream. At least the author acknowledges that and makes reference to ...more
This is one of the stories that I am so glad I now know. Oh wait, I already know it. It’s the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (the animals) with the wicked witch (Sugrue) and of course the handsome prince (Adam) only written by a better writer than Disney. It’s a story to muse over from time to time. Like when I’m driving through the Ozarks. It's a delightful book. And I haven't used that word delightful in a long time. The kind of story that you want to tell your grandchildren. If I ha ...more
"The child really had no idea where she was going... after a while the girl came upon a marvelous but useless discovery: there was a pond of water where beavers had felled trees and made a beaver dam. From a distance Hreapha could smell the animals' scent... she was delighted to discover that beaver were living here on the mountainside so near the farmstead, and she was keen to investigate their dam and lodge, but did not want to be seen by the girl."

It is not possible to pass innocently through
Leslie Todd
Donald Harington's "With" is billed as "the most original love story ever told"--and it may be. Harington is a master of narrative twists, clever range of points of view and even of tenses. Like "Room," this book begins with a horrible crime (the kidnapping of a young girl by a sexual predator) but takes surprising twists--in this case, into the fantastic. "With" is in part an homage to Nature and to The Peaceable Kingdom, set in the Ozarks in the 1960's. Had the great pleasure of reading Haring ...more
Steve Muskie
I got 25% through this book and gave up (at least for a while). Maybe I'll get back to it some day, but I found it to be a downer. I didn't like any of the characters, except possibly the dog. I didn't mind the dialogue at first but then it began to irritate me. Overall, it was too much like the bad aspects of the real world, which I like to escape by reading.
Although this book had its moments, I basically only finished it because I started it.
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This was the first book I read by Donald Harington and I was blown away by the author's unique style and highly entertaining story. I did not know what to expect, but the book was a very pleasant surprise. It is one of several books written about a fictitious town in the Ozarks of Arkansas, Stay More.

The basic plot is about a retiring state trooper who is a closet pedophile, and who has not acted upon his impulse yet. He kidnaps a pre-teen girl, takes her to an isolated, old farm in the mountain
A young Arkansas girl is kidnapped and taken to a remote mountain top cabin where she survives her abductor and lives for years by herself and the animals she befriends. The story combines both reality and the supernatural in a way that's hard to believe but is still intriguing right up to the end. Another of the Donald Harington "Stay More" series of books about life in the Ozarks.
Girl gets kidnapped by pedophile and taken to live the rest of her life in seclusion on a remote mountaintop. Pedophile dies, but girl remains on mountaintop. Girl makes friends with a ton of animals, and has a love affair with a ghost-like presence.

I really want to recommend it, because I couldn't put it down, and I was up until 2 AM finishing it. But...I think it would have been better if he had edited himself a little bit more. It's a long book, and there are a lot of parts and details that d
Laura Reed
I wish I could use more stars. I was hesitant about this novel but once I let myself be immersed in Harrington's wonderful words and world, I was hooked. Satisfying is too simple a word- wondrous, magical, lyrical- I am so sorry it is finished.
Wow, what an original book.

An 8 year old girl is abducted by a lecherous red-neck and spirited away to a virtually inaccessible farmhouse high on Madewell Mountain, deep in the Ozarks. Eventually rid of her captor, the girl, Robin, must learn the to live a self-sustaining farm life using turn-of-the-century methods. Along the way she develops quite a cadre of animals, both wild and domestic, and befriends the ghost of a person who's not even dead yet.

It's almost a modern fairy tale, somewhere b
This has a creepy beginning. A middle-aged man kidnaps a seven year old girl to be his wife and takes her to an abandoned old home in the mountains. He never has his way with her, but becomes too ill. Had he left the mountain he probably could have been saved, but of course then he'd go to jail for kidnapping.

Instead he teaches the girl some survival skills before he gets killed by the girl. From there using some skills she stays on the mountain for ten more years without speaking to another hu
Jim Fallone
With is the sensual, suspenseful and irresistible tale of Robin Kerr, a young girl abducted from her family and brought to a remote Ozark mountaintop, where she is left to fend for herself. Over the course of a decade, Robin grows up without human relationship, but with the company of animals and an 'Inhabit', the half-living ghost of a young boy. In this magical novel (part of the Stay More series)Harington gives us one of the most original survival, coming-of-age, and love stories ever told. A ...more
Greg recommended this one. I sent it to my mom, who was practically wetting her pants with excitement every time I asked her about it. I'm anxious to get into this and see what all the fuss was about.
I couldn't put this book down. So original, and full of surprises. Some similarities to Faulkner--the author has fun playing with point-of-view, sometimes to the point of frustration for the reader. He personifies animals, but not in a Disney way--you can truly empathize with them by the
If I had three wishes I would wish that my hair would grow back. I would wish that beer had no calories and I would wish that more people would read this amazing book. With is so unusual that it is hard to pigeon hole with a neat label. It starts out as a kind of unsettling, brutal abductee/suspense thriller, turns into a kind of how to survivalist coming of age story, oh and there is ghost. At its center it is also about our search for love and our need to be "With" someone in a harsh but beaut ...more
Mindy Barden
This is not a typical read for me. I'm a realist so talking animals is too far fetched. After the news of abducted then found Jaycee Dugard came out someone mentioned this book to me. I gave it a try with an opened mind and am so glad I did. Like the old cliche, I had a hard time putting it down even with the talking animals. So if you are looking for something new to read in a style not typically your own, I highly recommend giving this novel a try.
One of the weirdest, coolest books I've ever read. The author is absolutely fearless. The subject matter, on the surface, is a little disturbing - a young girl is abducted and ends up alone on a mountain. This is so secondary to the intense and weird writing style, with chapters roating between first person narratives of animals, the girl, and a ghost. It gets a little out of control and wild at the end but you are willing to go along for the ride.
Shannon Barnes
May 17, 2012 Shannon Barnes rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all adults
Shelves: fiction
I read this 500 page book in two days, I could just not put it down. I am very interested in self sufficient, off the grid living, and the main girl in this book, Robin, had to do it to survive, not by choice. From the age of eight to eighteen, she has to live on her own in the Ozarks, communicating (kind of?) with animals, talking to a "ghost", and coming of age. I adored this.

edit 5/2012
I re-read this a couple weeks ago and still love it so much.
One of my two favorites of Harington's books. Like most of his novels, it takes place in the mythical hillbilly hamlet of Stay More in Newton County, Arkansas. The novel is a rich blend of tall tale, fantasy, and amazing narrative techniques that pull you into the imaginative world of Robin Kerr, a kidnapped girl, her animals, and the spirits that 'in-habit' the remote mountain where she is stranded.
This book was really amazing. I could not put it down. The first night I started the book, I looked up at the clock and it was midnight. Next time I looked up it was 3AM.

It is really hard to describe this book. The characters are so well developed you quickly think you know this person. Even when you can see where the book is going, you can't stop reading to see how they get there.
Wow. I almost stopped reading this book because of the very disturbing subject matter. Child abduction, sexual abuse, animal abuse. And that's just the first few chapters! The plot swiftly becomes a survival story and a celebration of Ozark life. Robin is strong central character and her animal companions are very engaging.
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Donald Douglas Harington was an American author. All but the first of his novels either take place in or have an important connection to "Stay More," a fictional Ozark Mountains town based somewhat on Drakes Creek, Arkansas, where Harington spent summers as a child.

Harington was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He lost nearly all of his hearing at age 12 due to meningitis. This did not pr
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