From the book jacket: Many long
years have passed since the winter of blinding white when
Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate drove across the
hushed midwestern landscape and left a trail of blood and
pain. So why does Lowell, a Manhattan collector of
antiquities, still dream of what happened, despite his wife's
best attempts to draw him back and offer comfort? And who is
Susan, the teenager who appoints herself a detective, piecing
together the story of the murders while wondering if she'll
ever be loved like Starkweather loved his girl? And then
there's Caril Ann herself, who takes us back to relive the
ride she swears she could not control.
Comment: Outside Valentine examines the murder spree of 19 year old Charles Starkweather and his 14 year old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, in Nebraska in 1958. However, it is much more than a novelization of a true crime. The story is told from the viewpoints of three characters - 'Puggy' (a teenage girl living in the same neighborhood in 1962), a Manhattan art collector in 1991, and Caril Ann. How these three people are connected, and how people cope with the aftereffects of such a devastating crime forms the foreground of this story; the background being a fictionalized account of the killings themselves.
'Ward's feat lies less in her dynamic switching among the interconnected stories than in her astonishingly poetic yet palpable prose.' - Elle Magazine.
This review is from the August 3, 2005 issue of BookBrowse Recommends. Click here to go to this issue.
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