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Going

Kevin Oderman

Publication Year: 2006

n Granada, a boy in a dress begs in the white alleys of the old town. A vulnerable runaway, he turns to an American painter who is living in the city for protection, Madeleine James. The boy also meets Madeleine's new friend, poet Cy Jacobs. Although the two adults mean to help the boy, they unwittingly expose him to more peril. Soon, all the characters in the story have been scraped on the touchstone of hard realities and made to show their mettle, be it base or gold. This novel, at times somber and at times flaring with intensity, calls up indelibly the difficulties of making a good life—or a good death—in a world in which we are all, in one way or another, going.

Published by: West Virginia University Press

Front Cover

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pp. 1iii-4

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Dedication

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pp. iv-v

for Sara Pritchard

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Chapter 1

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pp. 1-5

The boy stopped. He listened to the night sounds in the alley. He...

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Chapter 2

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pp. 6-12

The sound of a guitar echoed up from the placeta, but it was nothing like the ...

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Chapter 3

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pp. 13-25

She felt good, and for Madeleine James good meant more alive. Apparently ...

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Chapter 4

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pp. 26-39

The morning after he'd shut Irene out, Cy woke up and was not sick. He ...

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Chapter 5

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pp. 40-44

Asur begged at the door of the cathedral, the door where tourists were directed ...

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Chapter 6

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pp. 45-50

Sam worked the mastic onto the wall with a trowel,, displaying the unrushed competence ...

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Chapter 7

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pp. 51-63

Cy didn't think it was going to be possible to make his rooms look ...

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Chapter 8

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pp. 64-75

Asur had been shopping in Granada with his mother when they'd lived in the ...

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Chapter 9

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pp. 76-99

The Lisboa proved hot and bright. Cy felt sick waiting for James, and when she arrived ...

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Chapter 10

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pp. 89-98

Asur wandered down the first block of Elvira out of the plaza, picking pizza ...

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Chapter 11

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pp. 99-106

Cy stood at the counter in Nujaila, the Moroccan bakery on Caldereria Nueva. ...

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Chapter 12

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pp. 107-117

Although the morning was mostly spent, Cy still wore a bathrobe, a beautiful old thing worn soft, with a silk rope ...

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Chapter 13

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pp. 118-129

Sam clicked his cell phone shut and slipped it into his pocket. "Inshallah," he ...

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Chapter 14

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pp. 130-143

The train clacked and rocked as only a slow train can. Outside it was dark, the few lights far away. Motion was reduced to a sound, the sound of wind. ...

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Chapter 15

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pp. 144-151

In the plaza, Asur sat talking to one of the wild boys, the runaways, who ...

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Chapter 16

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pp. 152-162

Sam knew making deals in Morocco almost always involved drinking too much mint ...

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Chapter 17

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pp. 163-175

They met, as agreed, in the late afternoon, after a long nap in their rooms at the ...

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Chapter 18

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pp. 176-180

Asur had not dared to put a dress on again. He kept his hair in a rubber band ...

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Chapter 19

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pp. 181-200

In the garden, the wind in the palm trees made a dry sound, like a great fan ...

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Chapter 20

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pp. 201-207

Cy filled the watering can at the spigot and lifted it to his hip, resting it there ...

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Chapter 21

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pp. 208-225

Asur sat down on a bench in the Plaza Nueva, a small white sack of mandarin ...

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Chapter 22

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pp. 226-232

James had left early, before dawn. It had been the hour when Cy most ...

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Chapter 23

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pp. 233-238

"If you did that, could you get by?" James shifted uneasily, not liking the question. She leaned down and picked up ...

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Chapter 24

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pp. 239-246

Cy worked the extra material in the waistband of his pants around to the back, where the ...

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Chapter 25

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pp. 247-263

James stood in the shower, rinsing in a stream of cold water. She gasped, but it was an old habit. Not a mortification, ...

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Acknowledgments

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p. 264-264

For attending to this story while I was writing it, I am grateful to Keith Oderman, ...

About the Author

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p. 264-264

Back Cover

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p. 265-265


E-ISBN-13: 9781935978190
E-ISBN-10: 1935978195
Print-ISBN-13: 9781933202136
Print-ISBN-10: 1933202130

Page Count: 266
Publication Year: 2006

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