Say Goodbye for NowBook
"Catherine Ryan Hyde delivers once again with this feel-good story guaranteed to be a hit..." -- Redbook
On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.
When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she'd make connections again, never mind fall in love. Pete never imagined he'd find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people aren't allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them.
With heavy hearts, Dr. Lucy and Pete say goodbye to Calvin and Justin. But through the years they keep hope alive...waiting for the world to catch up with them.
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"That leads me to my deepest regret in all of this: You will never meet him. / Sometimes when justice is not close at hand, people are quick to tell you that you will simply have to wait -- that until the people standing on your neck feel more comfortable standing elsewhere, you have no choice but to be patient. They talk of this like it shouldn't be all that much of an inconvenience for you. But how do you hand a person back the time that was taken from him?" (p. 316)
"'How's your pain level, honey? Do you need another pill?' / 'No ma'am, but thanks. The one you gave me is doing fine. Nobody ever gave me a pill to make me hurt less before. I like it.'" (p. 274)
"As he stood pressing the pedals, desperately racing for the street, Pete had a flash of memory. A conversation he'd had with Justin. It came into his head, all of a sudden, unbidden. Pete had claimed he'd never hit anyone and he never would. And now, if you counted head-butting Jack out by the lake, he had already broken his vow twice. If you went on to count what he would have done if Boomer hadn't been inside the truck when he said what he said, three times. Did life conspire to force you to do the very thing you said you would never do? And if so, why?" (p. 262)
"'When I grew up,' he said, 'we were a happy family. Except there were all these problems. But it was from outside of us. My father sometimes had trouble getting work. Food wasn't absolutely guaranteed. We had to wear our pants until our ankles showed and our shoes until they pinched.' He paused, and she felt the weight of something deeper in his mood. Something of more gravity than too-short pants. 'My uncle was killed because he was accused of stealing something we knew for a fact he didn't steal. So there was no shortage of bad times. But they came from the outside. From the inside we were strong. I almost think that's better. In some ways, anyway. I mean, as opposed to living a fairly uneventful life with no great tragedies but not being particularly loving or happy within the home. That seems almost sadder to me in the long run.'" (p. 133)
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