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With (Stay More #10)

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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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Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Sep 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: u-s-lit
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
Nov 15, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Jul 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
"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
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Stay More (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Lightning Bug
  • Some Other Place. The Right Place.
  • The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks
  • Cockroaches of Stay More
  • The Choiring of the Trees
  • Ekaterina
  • Butterfly Weed
  • When Angels Rest
  • Thirteen Albatrosses: (or, Falling Off the Mountain)
  • The Pitcher Shower

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