‘Orphans of Race Point’ Explores the Outer Limits of Friendship

Posted 6 May, 2014 by Allison Hiltz in Best Bets for Book Clubs, Book Club, Fiction / 21 Comments

‘Orphans of Race Point’ Explores the Outer Limits of Friendship
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The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis
Published by Harper Perennial on May 6, 2014
Pages: 524
Genres: Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours

Goodreads: Set on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a suspenseful page-turning saga of love, murder, and the true meaning of faith from the author of the acclaimedThe Liar’s Diary.

Set in the close-knit Portuguese community of Provincetown, Massachusetts, The Orphans of Race Point traces the relationship between Hallie Costa and Gus Silva, who meet as children in the wake of a terrible crime that leaves Gus parentless. Their friendship evolves into an enduring and passionate love that will ask more of them than they ever imagined.

On the night of their high school prom, a terrible tragedy devastates their relationship and profoundly alters the course of their lives. And when, a decade later, Gus—now a priest—becomes entangled with a distraught woman named Ava and her daughter Mila, troubled souls who bring back vivid memories of his own damaged past, the unthinkable happens: he is charged with murder. Can Hallie save the man she’s never stopped loving, by not only freeing him from prison but also—finally—the curse of his past?

Told in alternating voices, The Orphans of Race Point illuminates the transformative power of love and the myriad ways we find meaning in our lives.

Oh, how I loved this book! When I first requested it, I didn’t realize how long it was so when it came in the mail I was nervous about reading a 500+ page book by an author I had never read before. Not only was the book sensational, but I am definitely going to pick up up one of her other works in the near future.

The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis follows the lives of Hallie and Gus, who became friends after a violent act left Gus an orphan. Their friendship did not take the traditional route (they didn’t meet on the playground), but from the beginning it’s evident that there are deeper ties that bind the two together than one would expect from two nine-year olds. As their friendship blossoms into something more in high school, another violent act leaves their lives shattered and their futures uncertain. As the two head in opposite directions in life, a third and final violent act brings their zig-zagging lives back together. Only this time, Gus is in prison and Hallie has to decide whether Gus is the man the law says he is or the man she thinks he is.

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Told over the course of three decades, The Orphans of Race Point explores the outer limits of friendships and the ties that bind. Each character is rich, flawed, and absolutely perfect. At no point during this book did I feel that the author could have done more or less, for each word and action was carefully crafted to catapult the reader toward a shocking end. Beyond the lives of Gus and Hallie, Francis uses secondary characters and a seaside backdrop to tell a story so stunning it will leave you staggering with emotion. With a story that transcends time, The Orphans of Race Point is the perfect book to cozy up.

P.S. – It’d make a great Book Club pick, too! (I actually learned after I posted this review that there is, indeed, a reading guide for the book. You can grab it here). 

Released: May 6, 2014 • Pages: 544 • Publisher: Harper Perennial


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About Patry Francis


From the author site: Patry Francis is a three time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and has twice been the recipient of a fellowship from Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her first novel, The Liar’s Diary, has been translated into seven languages and was recently optioned for film. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.

Allison Hiltz
Allison is a voracious reader, Law & Order aficionado, serial napper, shark conservationist, and crazy coffee drinker. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Public Policy and lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two rescue dogs. She can be contacted at allison(at)thebookwheelblog(dot)com.
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  • http://gilmoreguidetobooks.com/ Catherine

    Great review- I need to read this book!

    • http://www.thebookwheelblog.com The Book Wheel

      Thank you! And yes, yes you do!

  • Tanya M

    I can’t wait to read this one. I’ve got it on my Top 10 Books to read for fall and so excited to have Patry Francis on my blog for #30Authors!

    • http://www.thebookwheelblog.com The Book Wheel

      It is SO good!

  • http://thebookmusings.com/ Melinda @ The Book Musings

    This sounds so good!! I actually saw this book now on someone’s blog and then went to read up on it, on goodreads. Then I saw your review… I’m definitely going to add it!

    • http://www.thebookwheelblog.com The Book Wheel

      Oh, Mel. I know you’ll love it!

  • http://doingdeweydecimal.com/ Katie @ Doing Dewey

    Staggering with emotion is right! I was completely blown away by how emotional this book made me. Really fantastic book! Because there are always so many new, shiny books to read as a blogger, I always forget about getting to the backlist of authors I love, so I’m so glad that you pointed out Patry’s previous book. I’ve requested it on paperback book swap already and will have to remember to use that site to get books from author’s backlists more often!

    • The Book Wheel

      Let me know what you think about her other book! I plan to pick it up, too. You’re right – I get so caught up with the newer stuff that it’s easy to overlook or forget about the others.

  • http://baystatera.com/ Laurie C

    I’m not on the tour and haven’t posted my review yet, but I loved this book, too!

    • The Book Wheel

      I’ll keep an eye out for yours!

      • http://baystatera.com/ Laurie C

        Finally got it posted yesterday, and linked to yours!

        • The Book Wheel

          Thank you!

  • HeatherTLC

    Don’t you just love it when a book is so good that you don’t even realize how long it is?! I’m so happy to see that this was that kind of book for you.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

    • The Book Wheel

      That’s a great way to put it! Thanks for having me – I loved it!

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  • Words for Worms

    This sounds really great, I always like watching friendships grow and evolve.

    • The Book Wheel

      If thats’s the case, this is definitely a book for you to read!

  • Jennine G.

    Sounds good, I’ll add it! I love stories that wind through the years and show relationships in full.

  • http://fromisi.wordpress.com/ Isi

    Sounds great, Allison, I’ll look for it for sure.