“Greenwood’s glowing dark ruby of a novel brilliantly transforms the true crime story that inspired Nabokov’sLolita. Shatteringly original and eloquently written....So ferociously suspenseful, I found myself holding my breath.” —Caroline Leavitt,New York Times bestselling author ofPictures of You
Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth's, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute—unless she does as he says.
This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.
Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconicLolita, this heart-pounding story by award-winning author T. Greenwood at last gives a voice to Sally herself.
"Thoughtfully rendered." —Vanity Fair
“A beautifully written, unnerving tragedy woven from equal measures of hope and menace.”
“Heartrending....Readers who relish novels based on true events will be both riveted and disturbed by this retelling of one of America’s most famous abduction cases.” —Library Journal(starred review)
“Riveting suspense....Grace touches this dark tale....Greenwood’s story will spellbind readers.” —Publishers Weekly
"Unflinching but compassionate, Greenwood deftly unravels the devastating layers of malice and carelessness that tore Sally from her family, but also the love and perseverance that eventually brought her home.” — Bryn Greenwood, author of theNew York Times bestsellerAll the Ugly and Wonderful Things
“Greenwood’s glowing dark ruby of a novel brilliantly transforms the true crime story that inspired Nabokov’sLolita. Shatteringly original and eloquently written,Rust and Stardust is a lot about how what we believe to be true can shape or ruin a life, and the bright lure of innocence pitted against the murk of evil. So ferociously suspenseful, I found myself holding my breath, and so gorgeous and so unsettling in all theroads it might have taken, I kept rereading pages.” —Caroline Leavitt,New York Times bestselling author ofPictures of You and
Cruel Beautiful World
"A riveting and thoughtful exploration of how the dark secrets of a terrible crime affect and hurt so many—and how light and hope persist in the face of such horrors. Greenwood writes with such compassion and feeling, and she is such a confident, skillful storyteller, that you'll stay up late to find out the fates of her memorable, beautiful characters." —Edan Lepucki,New York Times bestselling author ofCalifornia andWoman No. 17
"A harrowing, ripped-from-the-headlines story of lives altered in the blink of an eye, once again proving her eloquence and dexterity as an author.” —Mary Kubica,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Good Girl
"A lyrical and haunting meditation on family, love, and survival, this novel—and Sally Horner—stayed with me long after I turned the last page." —Jillian Cantor, author ofMargot
"Greenwood is unmatched in her innate ability to weave lush, poetic language into a riveting story that hooks the reader from page one." —Amy Hatvany, author ofBest Kept Secret,andIt Happens All the Time
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