Through the Pale Door

Through the Pale Door

A Novel

Book - 2009
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While working at her father's steel mill for the summer in order to raise money for college, Sarah, an aspiring artist, grapples with the sudden death of her mentally ill mother, a romance with another steel worker, and her workaholic father.

Blackwell North Amer
Sarah West takes a temporary job at her father's South Carolina steel mill the summer before college, hoping for relief from the chaos of a psychotic and often institutionalized mother. But from the first day of June to the waning days of August, relief is the last thing Sarah finds. Soon after moving to her father's house - more like an industrial museum than a home - tragic news about her mother arrives.
The haunting funeral coincides with Sarah's first love affair with a fellow mill worker, a teen-aged vigilante muralist named Edgewood who lives in an abandoned jail on the outskirts of town. Sarah and Edgewood share artistic gifts, but both hesitate at the door between adolescence and adulthood. While Edgewood struggles to develop confidence in his work, Sarah finds her own artistic endeavors haunted by grim yet compelling memories of growing up under the rule of an inexplicably deranged artist on one side and an oddly aloof, workaholic entrepreneur on the other.
Confronted with danger and death at the mill, mortality confronts Sarah and Edgewood from every angle and buries deep in their artwork. As their relationship deepens, Edgewood helps Sarah overcome the loss of her mother. In the end, however, Sarah will face a greater challenge: domesticating her own emerging inner demons while tending to first lover's uncertainty in himself.

Publisher: Spartanburg, SC : Hub City Writers Project, c2009
ISBN: 9781891885662
Characteristics: 203 p. ; 23 cm


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