Today I am going to review
Each Vagabond By Name
This was under the category: A Book Set Somewhere You Love
This is the story of a small town in Western Pennsylvania named Shelk (made up town). It is a sleepy town until a group of traveling people (known as gypsies in the book) come to town. A local bar owner, Zac Ramsy is drawn into their world when a young traveler named JT shows up at his bar hungry and cold. Ramsy's old girlfriend, Stella, is also drawn to them because she believes her daughter that was kidnapped 15 years ago may be among these travelers. The travelers begin to rob local homes and tensions rise among the townspeople. Ramsy tries to encourage JT to have his boss move the group out of town, but JT says his boss won't hear of it. Tragedy strikes, and changes the town for good.
I grew up in Western PA, and the woman who wrote this book - Margo Litell - is a dear friend of mine. This is her debut novel, and it doesn't disappoint. It is wonderfully written, and I can picture many things about our childhood home in this book. The characters, town, and nuances were spot on. I was easily sucked into the story - wondering what would happen to the towns people and to the travelers if things didn't change. The ending is haunting but very well written - which I know is hard for authors to do!
I encourage you to check out this book. It does not disappoint.