Homebody: a novel
Don Lark's cheery name belies his tragic past. When his alcoholic ex-wife killed their daughter in a car wreck, he retreated from the sort of settled, sociable lifestyle one takes for granted. Only the prospect of putting a roof over other people's heads seems to comfort Lark, and he goes from town to town, looking for dilapidated houses he can buy, restore and resell at a profit. In Greensboro, North Carolina, Lark finds his biggest challenge yet -- a huge, sturdy, gorgeous shell that's suffered almost a century of abuse at the hands of greedy landlords and transient tenants. As he sinks his teeth into this new project, Lark's new neighborhood starts to work its charms on him. He strikes up a romance with the wry real estate agent who sold him the house. His neighbors, two charming, chatty old ladies, ply him endlessly with delicious Southern cooking. Even Sylvie, the squatter Lark was once desperate to evict from the old house, is now growing on him.
But when Lark unearths an old tunnel in the cellar, the house's enchantments start to turn ominous. Sylvie turns cantankerous, even dangerous. There's still a steady supply of food from next door, but it now comes laced with increasingly passionate pleas for Lark to vacate the house at once. In short, everybody seems to want to get rid of him. Whether this is for his own good or theirs, Lark digs in his heels for reasons even he's not sure of. He embarks on a struggle for his life -- and his friends'-- against a house with a past even more tragic than his own. If Lark wins, he gets the kind of home and community he's always dreamed of. If he loses, all is lost....
Level 5, 16 Points
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|author||card orson scott|
|author||Orson Scott Card|
|author_display||Card, Orson Scott|
|available_at_catalog||Annex, Main Kids, Main Library|
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A master craftsman, Don Lark could fix everything except what mattered, his own soul. After tragedy claimed the one thing he loved, he began looking for dilapidated houses to buy, renovate, and resell at a profit--giving these empty shells the second chance at life he denied himself.
Then in a quiet Southern town, Lark finds his biggest challenge: a squalid yet sturdy mansion that has suffered decades of abuse at the hands of greedy landlords and transient tenants. While two charming old neighbor ladies ply him with delicious cooking, they offer dire warnings about the house's evil past. But there is something about this building that pushes Lark on, even as its enchantments grow increasingly ominous. Will finishing the house offer Lark redemption, or unleash the darkest forces of damnation upon him?
|isbn||9780060176556, 9780061093999, 9780062281425|
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Annex, Main Kids, Main Library|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000098923|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|HarperCollins,|c1998.|291 p. ; 24 cm., overdrive:d2bfebc1-aeed-4ace-8a23-81741e3048bf|eBook|eBook||English|HarperCollins|2013||
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|subject_facet||Lark, Don (Ficticious character) -- Fiction|
|title_display||Homebody : a novel|
|title_full||Homebody : a novel / Orson Scott Card, Homebody A Novel|
|topic_facet||Fiction, Lark, Don (Ficticious character), Literature|