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Go with Me by Castle Freeman Jr.
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Jul 20, 2010

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Go With Me is a short novel (160 pages) by Castle Freeman, Jr., a regular essayist for the Old Farmer’s Almanac. The setting is rural Vermont (think logging, lumber mills, and remote areas beyond the reach of the law), and the heroine is Lillian. She has been threatened by local villian Blackway who has smashed her car window and killed her cat. Blackway also threatened her boyfriend who has left town. Lillian is not willing to run and she seeks help from the sheriff who says he can’t arrest someone because of something they might do. He sends her to Whizzer Boot, a wheelchair bound hard-drinking guy who holds court with a gang of old-timers at his derelict sawmill. Whizzer asks Lester, an experienced. crafty older man and Nate, a big powerful younger man with not a lot to say except, "I’m not afraid of Blackway," to help Lillian out. In the course of one day they travel to find and confront the villain. Their story is interspersed with cutaways back to sawmill and the conversations of the geezers as they speculate on how the adventure is going, reminisce and drink. Lillian wavers but Lester points out she asked for help and there’s no point in taking up the challenge unless you’re willing to "go through." It’s remarkable how suspenseful this book is even though you think you know the outcome. --Susan

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