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by Terry Kay

In the Nahella Valley of Appalachia, a rumor is whispered about a man named Eli Pettit and the small fortune in stolen money he supposedly hid on his farm before disappearing, leaving a wife, daughter and sister-in-law to tend the land and guard the money - if the money even exists. It is a rumor Michael O'Rear cannot resist. A wandering actor from the remnants of the Chautauqua circuit, gifted with Irish gab and charm, he arrives ready to perform his last and most horrific role - that of a murderer. Yet, it is not simple theater for Michael. In the Appalachia of 1939, he is a stranger in a region that does not easily accept strangers. He first must ingratiate himself to the three women of the Pettit home - Eli's wife, Rachel; his daughter, Sarah; and Rachel's sister, Dora, and then he must curry favor with the townspeople of Yale. For Michael, it becomes an exhilarating performance, acted with patience and with the cunning persuasion of dreamy - often outlandish - tales. One by one, he entices the cast of his drama to embrace him and to do his bidding, but in the wake of his presence, he leaves an imprint of physical and emotional terror that scars everyone who becomes mesmerized by him. Still, in this tantalizing story of deception and senseless slaughter, of threat and fear, it is the powerful instinct for survival that eventually drops the curtain on Michael O'Rear and restores the quiet secrets of the Nahella Valley to those who know them.
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ISBN: 0395308542
ISBN13: 978-0395308547
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Terry Kay
Language: English
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; First Edition edition (1981)
Pages: 271 pages
ePUB size: 1753 kb
FB2 size: 1660 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 593
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I have read everything published by Mr. Kay in the last couple of decades so reading this novel, that was originally published in the very early 1980s was an interesting exploration into his writing evolution. This is a solid story that reads like a film. He describes the scenery and people with the mastery of the greats. This book isn't as strong as some of Mr. Kay's later works, but that's fine because it shows how he grew as a writer. If he hadn't written some of the greatest novels (White Dog, Marie) since Hemingway I would have listed this as a perfect book. I'm only giving this a four in comparison to his other works, not other writers.
Terry Kay is a writer worth reading and studying.
Terry Kay's mastery of the English language is superb. This chilling tale touches on the evil that lurks around us that may catch us and rewrite our destinies. Michael is deliciously dark. In my imagination, he looked like Santa, but it was soon apparent that this main character was not the jolly "leprechaun" that he played to his unsuspecting audience. You must read this book ... you simply must!
Terry Kay is a top 5 storyteller for me & doesn't disappoint with After Eli. Wish all his books were available in the kindle store.
This book had me hooked from the beginning to the end. The ending was far and away the least of what I expected. I usually know what is going to happen before it does but not with this winner. It was well written, suspenseful and hard to put down.
"After Eli" is a beautifully written work of prose. The protagonist is so believable, you know him in the first chapter. I mean really know him! Terry Kay is a master writer who peels back the layers of emotions, like the petals of a rose, to get to the core of his characters' feelings.
Michael, a charming fortune-seeker, ingratiates himself to three lonely women while he searches for the hidden treasure of Eli. He is the ultimate seducer.
Terry Kay is one of America's finest writer, and "After Eli" is possibly his best work.
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The brilliance of terry Kay shines through in this novel. Engrossing story that keeps you reading..a quiet stunner that will stay with you for days
any book by terry kay is super!!! southern and practical, super story. dance with white dog also favorite. reguklar folks involved in everyday situations.
very drawn out Kind of boring actually