Only Love Can Break Your Heart (CD-Audio)

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Rocky narrates this book from age 8 right into adulthood. We see his brother disappear, his parents despair, grow old and get sick. We watch Rocky grow up and make his own mistakes, all while slowly uncovering what really happened on the night that Paul disappeared. The book will make you feel so many different emotions; you'll be sad, and shocked and heavy-hearted, but also want to lay out on the sun dried grass smoking a cigarette listening to Neil Young, not having a care in the world.

— Melodie


Ed Tarkington's debut novel draws you into a small-town American Gothic story of coming-of-age, brotherhood, and family fealty, first love, scandal, and murder. In Virginia in the 1930s, 6-year-old Rocky lives in awe of Paul, his juvenile delinquent older brother, until Paul disappears with his delicate girlfriend Leigh. Nine years later we find a teenage Rocky discovering first love (and first sex) with the neighbors' daughter, trying to come into his own, discovering his own talents, when Leigh returns, more unstable than ever and full of secrets. Eventually, when their elderly father falls ill, Paul returns to find a town -- and a family -- that cannot trust him. Just as the brothers begin to reclaim what was lost, a brutal murder threatens everything.

About the Author

Ed Tarkington received a BA from Furman University, an MA from the University of Virginia, and PhD from the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida State. A frequent contributor to, his articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Nashville Scene, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Post Road, the Pittsburgh Quarterly, the Southeast Review, and elsewhere. A native of Central Virginia, he lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781622318919
ISBN-10: 1622318919
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication Date: January 5th, 2016
Language: English