By Donald Harington
In his most recent novel, art professor Donald Harington creates a world from the perspective of a missing child, telling the sometimes harrowing, sometimes inspiring tale of the decade she spent growing up on a mountain with only animals and a spirit to keep her company.
“With,” published by Toby Press, tells the story of seven-year-old Robin Kerr’s abduction by former policeman Sugrue (Sog) Alan. Sog takes Robin to his secluded hideout on Madewell Mountain and tries to make her his child-wife. After Robin manages to shoot Sog, she finds herself trapped on the mountain for the next 10 years.
Harington’s book, the 12th in a series of books about the fictional Ozark town Stay More, follows Robin through her years on Madewell Mountain. There she befriends a menagerie of forest animals and the spirit of former resident Adam Madewell. Adam lived on the mountain before he and his family moved to California when he was 12. Since then, his 12-year-old spirit has haunted the old home as an “in-habit.”
“With” has received praises from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and the Washington Post Book World Review Service.