The Orphans of Race Point


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Harper Perennial
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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Patry Francis is the author of The Liar's Diary and the blog 100 Days of Discipline for Writers. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the Tampa Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Ontario Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. She lives in Massachusetts.


"In The Orphans of Race Point, Patry Francis has poured a lifetime of wisdom into a thrilling, twisting plot, which holds up the human heart as a prism, turning it to show its many facets, its shadows and light."--Susan Henderson, author of Up from the Blue
"Stunning psychological suspense which poses the eternal question: how well can you know the people you love? This is riveting, bite-your-nails reading and the arrival of a great new talent."--Lee Child on The Liar's Diary
"Stretching over more than three decades, it's a gripping tale of stubborn love, the legacy of domestic violence, and the family secrets children keep. A noir element crops up, too."--Boston Globe
"Set against the coast of Provincetown, Patry Francis's fierce, ravishing epic cuts deep to the bone about how love binds us together and breaks us apart, and how the past's thumbprint rests on the present. Tender, violent, and alive, it's also unforgettable."--Caroline Leavitt, New York Times-bestselling author of Pictures of You
"Patry Francis has written the sort of sprawling, Dickensian novel that readers long for in this post-modern age....The Orphans of Race Point has a breakneck pace, engaging characters, and a vividly rendered setting."--Providence Journal
"a Dickensian story....Its themes of passionate treachery and abiding love play out in sometimes heartbreaking ways. Recommend to readers wondering what to read after The Goldfinch."--Library Journal (starred review)
"This talented author engages our emotions and her descriptions are impeccable, and's a joy to read a novel that's expertly crafted right to the very end--Barnstable Patriot
"This is a long book for a teen to tackle, but for those who relish a story of love and struggle and enjoy a good saga, this is a great recommendation."--School Library Journal
"A twisting ride full of dangerous curves and jaw-dropping surprises. This is one of my favorite reads of the year!"--Tess Gerritsen on The Liar's Diary
"Twists and turns but never lets go."--Jacquelyn Mitchard on The Liar's Diary
"Outright chilling."--Daily News on The Liar's Diary
"Genuinely creepy . . . The unlikely friendship between a small-town school secretary and a flamboyant teacher proves deadly in this psychological murder mystery."--Kirkus Reviews on The Liar's Diary
"A quirky, well-written and well-constructed mystery with an edge."--Publishers Weekly on The Liar's Diary
"...this beautifully wrought novel is a sometimes wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of murder and betrayal in the face of faith, family in its truest sense, and--most of all--love."--Booklist (starred review)
"...a sweeping family drama with its inherent mysteries and secrets...readers will be absorbed by the tragedies that push the story along, and the often engaging voice."--Romantic Times