Title: Chasing Windmills
Publisher: Flying Dolphin Press
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition
First printinhg. Flat SIGNED by Catherine Hyde on the title page. The volume has been bound with the pages slightly skewed (top and bottom of the fore edges don't line up with the panel edges). The unclipped dust jacket, sleeved in mylar is lightly bumped and dinged at the corners. Bookseller Inventory # 12100612
Catherine Ryan Hyde, bestselling author of Pay It Forward, returns with a provocative tour de force on first love?a modern-day rendering of West Side Story born on a New York City subway car and nurtured under the windmills of the Mojave Desert.
The subway doors open and close, and in one moment Sebastian?s and Maria?s lives are changed forever. Rendered in Catherine Ryan Hyde?s stirring and evocative prose, CHASING WINDMILLS is a poignant love story that will leave you yearning for a subway ride that is a fraction as enchanting.
Letting go becomes the purest expression of love in this extraordinary novel by the bestselling author of Pay It Forward, Catherine Ryan Hyde.
Both Sebastian and Maria live in a world ruled by fear. Sebastian, a lonely seventeen-year-old, is suffocating under his dominant father?s control. In the ten years since his mother passed away, his father has kept him ?safe? by barely allowing him out of their apartment. Sebastian?s secret late-night subway rides are rare acts of rebellion. another is a concealed friendship with his neighbor Delilah, who encourages him to question his father?s version of reality. Soon it becomes unclear whether even his mother?s death was a lie.
Maria, a young mother of two, is trying to keep peace at home despite her boyfriend?s abuse. When she loses her job, she avoids telling him by riding the subways during her usual late-night shift. She knows her sister, Stella, is right: She needs to ?live in the truth? and let the chips fall where they may. But she still hasn?t been able to bring herself to do it. And soon he will expect her paycheck to arrive.
When Sebastian and Maria wind up on the same train, their eyes meet across the subway car, and these two strangers find a connection that neither can explain or ignore. Together they dream of a new future, agreeing to run away and find Sebastian?s grandmother in the Mojave Desert. But Maria doesn?t know Sebastian is only seventeen. And Sebastian doesn?t know Maria has children until the moment they leave. Ultimately, Maria brings one child, her daughter. Can she really leave her little boy behind? And, if not, what will it cost her to face her furious jilted abuser?
In this tremendously moving novel, Catherine Ryan Hyde shows us how two people trapped by life?s circumstances can break free and find a place in the world where love is genuine and selfless.
About the Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde is the best-selling and award-winning author of 20 published and forthcoming books, including the acclaimed WHEN YOU WERE OLDER, DON'T LET ME GO, SECOND HAND HEART, WHEN I FOUND YOU. New Kindle editions of her backlist titles FUNERALS FOR HORSES, EARTHQUAKE WEATHER AND OTHER STORIES, ELECTRIC GOD, and WALTER'S PURPLE HEART are now available. Forthcoming frontlist titles are WALK ME HOME and WHERE WE BELONG. Her bestselling novel PAY IT FORWARD inspired the movie of the same name. The Richard and Judy Book Club, the UK's equivalent of the Oprah book club, launched LOVE IN THE PRESENT TENSE and subsequent novels onto the bestseller list in the UK. Learn much more about the author, maybe even more than you wanted to know, at catherineryanhyde.com.
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