Jeannie Burt’s new novel, When Patty Went Away, is a family drama set in the mid-1970s. It plays out in a remote farming community in the Northwest when rebellious and nasty fifteen-year-old Patty Pugh disappears.
Jack McIntyre, a quiet farmer, and his beloved daughter, seem to be the only ones who care. No one looks for the girl, yet Jack cannot let her go, and a search will require him to rise against his own wife and against the customs and traditions of his community.
In a quest reminiscent of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Jack sets out on an uncertain journey which lands him in the underbelly of Montreal, where he encounters a world he could never imagine.
Midwest Book Review called the novel a “…minor literary masterpiece.”
“A deftly written novel showcasing the quiet struggle of farmer and his family within the framework of a deftly written mystery.”