Joyce Marie Taylor. Aniratak. New York: iUniverse, 2007.

Ocracoke Island is always a good setting for a story about loners, misfits, and star-crossed lovers.  In this book, Ocracoke is called Blackie’s Landing.  Andy McBride, a World War II veteran and former world traveler, retreated to Blackie’s Landing in the mid-1950s.  It’s now 1969.  Andy has made some friends on the island, especially young Bobby Ainsworth, but Andy is slipping into melancholy and heavy drinking.  When a fierce winter storm strands a mainland girl on the island, she takes refuge at Andy’s house. Andrea Bonelli is the best thing that has happened to Andy in a very long time.  She edits and types his memoirs, shakes him out of his self-pity, and shows him how he might regain the woman who was love of his life.  Bobby Ainsworth helps with this too, and in the end all the characters find the love and acceptance that they had been missing.

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.

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