Deep in the Heart by Wyatt Wyatt (1980)

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Deep in the Heart
by Wyatt Wyatt
Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright: 1980
Book Club Edition

This is a story of love and murder in West Texas.

In modern Amarillo, the streets are named after the fallen heroes of the Alamo and the past pokes through like bones poorly covered; the romance of the six-gun hangs in the air of every back-alley lounge and violence flickers like heat lightning. They say that Amarillo is a town where the people are real friendly and will kill you.

They also say that nobody ever died of love, but there they are wrong. People do, and often. One of these people is about to die of it:

GRADY HORNSBY, a wild old boy with a crooked grin who tries to get along with people and can just about manage it, except when the Wild Turkey is in him; his best friend, BOONE, thirty, newly divorced, guiltily in love with Grady's girlfriend, and, despite all the evidence, an optimist; ROWENA, the girlfriend in question, a modern woman determined to be independent, yet astonished at what she is willing to do to win love; and the young lady who is about to cross their paths, SUE PAM DRURY, the very naive, very frustrated wife of a tycoon's weak son, a woman whose sexuality is about to erupt in a most unpredictable way -- and catapul them all into Texas legend.

What happens to them all, and why, is a story of frailty and folly and good intentions gone awry, of the power of legend and the human yearning for love . . . of the affairs that go on Deep in the Heart. Written in a vivid, bittersweet prose that fairly leaps off the page, it is a remarkable tale by a born storyteller, suffused with a sense of people and place, of the lives lived on the sea of sere, yellow grass and under the vast, starry Texas sky.

Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover shows shelf wear and light discoloration, creasing on the front and back dust covers near the spine. Pages may be tanning from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Binding is starting to split in places throughout the book.


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