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The Third Hill North of Town

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Three people take a road trip to Missouri in the early 1960s in "an eerie, haunting, beautifully realized novel populated by charming misfits and eccentrics" (Joseph Olshan, author of Cloudland).

When fifty-four-year-old Julianna Dapper slips out of a mental hospital in Bangor, Maine, on a June day in 1962, it's with one purpose in mind. Julianna knows she must go back to the tiny farming community in northern Missouri where she was born and raised. It's the place where she and her best friend, Ben Taylor, roamed as children, and where her life's course shifted irrevocably one night long ago.

Embarking on her journey, Julianna meets Elijah Hunter, a shy teenage African American boy, and Jon Tate, a young hitchhiker on the run from the law. The three become traveling companions, bound together by quirks of happenstance. And even as the emerging truth about Julianna's past steers them inexorably toward tragedy, their surprising bond may be the means to transform fear and heartache into the strength that finally guides Julianna home.

"With fresh language and uniquely imperfect characters, Noah Bly weaves a story of a cross-country trek that is both improbable and believable. This fresh, engrossing novel left me convinced of the power of memory, even as it arises from a disturbed mind, and taught me - as Bly promises - the wisdom of faith in the ridiculous." - Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August

"A glorious, madcap American road novel in the picaresque tradition . . . Think On the Road written by Flannery O'Connor." - Stephen Lovely, author of Irreplaceable

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February 2014 : USA Paperback

Title: The Third Hill North of Town
Author(s): Noah Bly
ISBN: 0-7582-9077-2 / 978-0-7582-9077-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington Books
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February 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Third Hill North of Town
Author(s): Noah Bly
Publisher: Kensington
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