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Letter from Point Clear by Dennis McFarland

The letter in Letter from Point Clear is from the youngest of three siblings, Bonnie, to her older siblings, Ellen and Morris, announcing her recent wedding. The three of them were raised alone by their narcissistic and alcoholic father in seaside home in Point Clear, Alabama. Ellen and Morris live in New England where she's a poet and he's a gay academic, both married to long-time partners. Bonnie had been the troubled offspring, a failed actress with a drug problem, but she moved back to Point Clear to take care of their dying father. She'd met and married a preacher named Pastor and moved into the family house. Ellen and Morris rush back to Alabama, partly to make sure her husband isn't taking advantage of her and their inheritance. Coming back to face their painful past, they find Bonnie to be a happy, new woman, but trouble surfaces when Pastor wants to cure Morris' homosexuality. Dennis McFarland's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Boston Globe saying, "With its finely evoked tableaus from Wellfleet to the Alabama coast, Letter from Point Clear is a gratifying, emotionally resonant novel -- its heart and longing steeped in the Old South, its sensibility years and miles beyond."
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