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Out the Summerhill Road
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From Jane Roberts Wood comes a quietly riveting novel revealing the banal faces of evil in a small East Texas town. In 1946 a young couple is brutally murdered in Cold Springs. And, now, thirty-four years later, the rumor is that Jackson Morris, who had been the only person of interest in the murders, has come home. Or has he? When the four women of the Tuesday bridge club hear this rumor, their responses range from a reckless excitement to a shaky uneasiness. There’s Isabel, compelling and passionate, who foolishly and inexplicably longs to see Jackson, her first love, again while the seemingly innocent Mary Martha prays that the sheriff will put Jackson’s head in a noose. Although the eternally optimistic Sarah looks to the law to determine Jackson’s fate, the fourth woman, an Irish immigrant and a misfit in Cold Springs, is guided by the spirit world, including a cat, in deciding his guilt or innocence. When a second murder occurs after Jackson’s return, Cold Springs reacts with fear and paranoia while the women struggle to protect their friend’s reputation and desperately try to find a murderer.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Part 1 • Girls in White Dresses
  2. p. 1
  1. Girls in White Dresses
  2. pp. 2-19
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  1. Part 2: 1980 • The Women of Cold Springs
  2. p. 21
  1. The Bridge Club
  2. pp. 22-28
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  1. Mary Martha
  2. pp. 29-64
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  1. Aunt Bossie’s Funeral
  2. pp. 65-70
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  1. Sarah’s Troubles
  2. pp. 71-78
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  1. Daffodils
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. Part 3: The ’60s • The Cold Springs Revolutions
  2. p. 87
  1. The ’60s
  2. pp. 88-89
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  1. Betsy’s House
  2. pp. 90-95
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  1. The Woman from Ireland
  2. pp. 96-111
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  1. Gaynor and Sarah
  2. pp. 112-118
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  1. Sarah’s Revolution
  2. pp. 119-126
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  1. Gaynor’s Revolution
  2. pp. 127-134
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  1. Part 4: 1980 • The Murder
  2. p. 135
  1. A Person of Interest
  2. pp. 136-151
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  1. Finding Mary Martha
  2. pp. 152-160
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  1. I See the Moon
  2. pp. 161-168
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  1. Clovis
  2. pp. 169-183
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  1. The Funeral
  2. pp. 184-200
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  1. Part 5: 1980 • A Jury of Her Friends
  2. p. 201
  1. Isabel and Jackson
  2. pp. 202-212
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  1. The Diary
  2. pp. 213-230
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  1. Tribal Knowledge
  2. pp. 231-252
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  1. The Women and Theodore
  2. pp. 253-267
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  1. Waiting
  2. pp. 268-284
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  1. The Women
  2. pp. 285-290
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  1. Miss Eyre
  2. pp. 291-292
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