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4.50  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Award winning author of "The Jewel Box" moves to trailer park in "Beyond the Pale." ~ At odds with her mother long before her father's fatal automobile accident left them blaming each other, pregnant teen Abbie barely flinches when her mother hands her a fistful of cash to leave town forever. From small town, Georgia mansion to Maryland mobile home, Abbie embraces unusual ...more
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Published August 8th 2015
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Wanda Hartzenberg
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Award winning author of "The Jewel Box" moves to trailer park in "Beyond the Pale." ~ At odds with her mother long before her father's fatal automobile accident left them blaming each other, pregnant teen Abbie barely flinches when her mother hands her a fistful of cash to leave town forever. From small town, Georgia mansion to Maryland mobile home, Abbie embraces unusual trailer park peopl
Karl Wiggins
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve never met C. Michelle McCarty, but I think I would enjoy her company over a beer or two. However more to the point I’d love to ask her just one question; did she base the character of Julienne on my sister? For I’m absolutely convinced that she did!

My sister, you see, is full of shit. As is Julienne, and this book’s worth reading just to laugh at Julienne, who McCarty portrays beautifully.

That aside, BTP is a true feel good story. The book is full of characters, but my favourite of all has
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2015
In typical McCarty fashion, Beyond the Pale is a novel that could only have been born from true-life inspiration. If you’ve read her first novel, The Jewel Box, and loved it as much as I have, you’d know that you’re in for a treat with her second offering.

McCarty has created a memorable cast of characters who each, with their serrated corners and edges, brings something special to the story. Some took a while to get used to, but others crawled into my heart from the very beginning.

This is mostl
Wendy Steele
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Abbie attends her mother's funeral with her son, Mick and very quickly, an array of different characters and Abbie's relationship with them is revealed. She feels the loss of her father and the only thing she wants to do is claim his cabinet and valet, bequeathed to her on her eighteenth birthday but kept from her by her mother and sister-in-law.

The next sixty percent of the book is taken up with Abbie's life and her relationships with her 'family' on the trailer park in which she lives, her des
Lynn Worton
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic tale. I loved it!

Abbie is a wonderful character. At first, Abbie’s abrasive behaviour rubbed me the wrong way and I didn't like her very much. However, as the story unfolded and I began to understand that she used verbal slights as a way of protecting herself – a thorny disposition to hide her true self. After being kicked out by her mother at seventeen, a pregnant Abbie finds herself living in a trailer park. When her mother dies fifteen years later, Abbie finds herself faci
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, waar
This is one of those books that I could see myself reading again and not only falling in love with the characters but also with the story being told. Abbie has been on her own for years worked her way through nursing school and raised her child who has grown up to be an amazing young man.
Abbie has to come back for her mother's funeral and deal with her family that has their nose so far up in the air I am surprised they can even breath properly. We get to see Abbie's snarky remarks made about he
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I must admit, It took me forever to get started with the book. Not due to the book, due to me hosting an entire family who is holidaying here with us so before they arrived I had to get stuff ready and then once they arrived I have been very busy. But having read this authors first book, I knew I had to make time for this one. And I did. And I am so glad I did.

This book is all about family. The one you are born into and the one you make once you are grown up and I for one loved both. Abbi's rea
Simon Okill
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beyond the Pale by C Michelle McCarty is an astonishing family drama that reminded this reader of those wonderful Frank Capra films. I am pretty sure the author loves those films too as the overall tone of her novel is enthused with love and how it can be manipulated, delegated, elevated or relegated. Love is the underlying theme here and Abbie sure needs it by the truck load when relegated from Mansion to Mobile Home.
But she meets all sorts of weird and delightful characters synonymous with tra
Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson
4.5/5 angel stars
Trebonius Octavianus
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rembrandt in Wordology!

McCarty pens to paper like a great artist paints to canvas.

The story opens with heartfelt and witty banter, drawing the very essence of humanity out of the scene; throughout the book, I felt like I was being bathed in a constant wash of unfeigned sentiment.

Her doctorate in phraseology is self-evident in how she flex's a muscular vocabulary, and there is a mastery in how the author makes her characters come to life; clever dialog flows in such a natural way it will immerse
Emily Stanton Wolfpack
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beyond the Pale hooked me with the "mansion to mobile home park" description, and when its opening line at a cemetery was followed by an offbeat second line, I figured I was in for some fun. Author McCarty not only brings wit to her story about fractured relationships, she also speaks from the heart while touching on deeply philosophical matters. Beyond the Pale offers an unusual setting populated by thoughtfully drawn characters--some you'll want to smack and some you'll want to hug. Maybe even ...more
Anna Burke
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is another heartfelt, character-driven story by C Michelle McCarty. Like The Jewel Box, Beyond the Pale focuses on the plight of women, difficult relationships, and the challenges of survival. A tough, resilient lead character, the teenaged Abbie is thrust into the role of a mother before she's ready. She's disadvantaged not only by her youth but by the lack of mothering she received while growing up. With grit and determination, a feisty spirit and sarcastic wit, Abbie makes a life for her ...more
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ms. McCarty has done it again! Being a fan of her first novel, I couldn't wait to read her newest release. And I'm definitely glad I did. She never disappoints. Drafting characters that can be funny, sarcastic, and yet intensely real, this novel is a gem. The descriptions and character development are done brilliantly, and the reader can feel the pain, the sadness, and the great rapport between the main character, Abbie, and her teenager son. It's so sad from the beginning, to feel her mother's ...more
Reg Shell
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A philosophical story.

A philosophical story, even though its setting is primarily a trailer park

BTP is my first read by author McCarty and the things I appreciated most were its colorful characters and witty banter. Although a solemn occasion opens the story, you know by the second line this will NOT be a gloomy read.

This unusual tale covering thirty days in the life of Abbie Locke, flies quickly as we understand relationships between mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, daughters and fa
Jeff LaFerney
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I admit it. I liked this book--a lot. I actually read it twice because the way McCarty writes, it's easy to miss the nuances. Her characters are a complete jumble of everyone on the planet who could be interesting, and then she has them talk to each other, and the sarcasm and innuendos and subtle digs are hilarious. This is a story about people...with a terrific mystery mixed in. It's a story about love and jealousy, responsibility and cruelty. It's a story about family and friendship, secrets a ...more
William O'Brien
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beyond the Pale
C Michelle McCarty

A philosophical story of grief, infused with humor.

Beyond the Pale is an interesting tale about biological family relationships and non-blood bonds we form. McCarty uses humor to keep readers smiling through this heart-warming page turner about Abbie Locke, her desire for her deceased father's locker, and her raising a fine son while living in a trailer park. McCarty paints a textured world populated by quirky, yet thoughtfully drawn characters. Some you'll love,
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book before it's new revised edition, and just now finished re-reading it in it's new format. The story line is fast paced about a woman who thought she had her life figured out, only to have it turned upside down. I think the author has a refreshing and unique story line. I enjoyed all of the characters, flaws and all, they came to life in front of your eyes and developed with the story. Overall I have to say I enjoyed the new version of the story, the lead character is a riot, I co ...more
Carolyn Mathews
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
‘Beyond the Pale’ is a Southern tale of family dynamics packed with dynamite. I couldn’t wait to find out what was in the locker that Abbie’s father had left her years earlier, and it was well worth the wait.

On the way to the denouement, we meet a complex array of characters who populate the mobile home community that Abbie fled to when her marriage broke up. When the skeletons are finally dragged out of the closet, she certainly discovers who her true friends are.

Like the author’s previous no
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a roller coaster of a novel - instantly likeable through the voice of the narrator as she tells us of her sleazy brother in law Hal and how she keeps him in check. Humorous but not without serious undertones this is a story well told.
It's been a while since a book reeled me in so quickly and took me through its thick plot so quickly. Well paced, with amazing twists and surprises, this is a powerful read that touches on a lot of subjects - at times very moving, at times like a soap opera
D.K. Cassidy
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This is the second book I’ve read by this writer and I can say I’m a fan! In this book the author explores family relationships, dysfunction, religion, grief, and secrets.

Author Michelle McCarty has created a cast of dysfunctional characters. Each is so fully crafted I felt I knew them. I rooted for Abbie and could not stand her sleazy brother-in-law Hal. I adored Abbie’s son Mick, he’s very sweet. It’s the mark of a great writer to draw out emotions from a reader.
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This was a great read. With most books I can almost figure out a general idea of how the story will end. Not so with this one. If I hadn't gotten curious about 1/2 way through & peeked at the last chapter, the ending would have been a surprise to me until about the chapter before the epilogue.
Dj Acrey
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome Story!!

This story captivated me, I couldn't put it down, I loved how the author strung out the details until the end, most stories I can predict how it's going to wrap up, but it wasn't until I had read at least 95% that it all came together for me, great Epilogue as well!!!
cindy hackney
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this story

The strength and struggles of a young mother toss away by her mother, finding love of others. Loved the characters.
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