With is the sensual,
suspenseful and irresistible tale of Robin Kerr, a young girl abducted from
her family and brought to a remote Ozark mountaintop, where she is left to
fend for herself. Over the course of a decade, Robin grows up without human
relationship, but with the company of animals and an ‟inhabit,”
the half-living ghost of a young boy. In this magical novel in the Stay More
series, Harington gives us one of the most original survival, coming-of-age,
and love stories ever told.
The Toby Press is pleased to announce that Donald Harington's With has been optioned for a feature film,
by Esperanza Productions.
About the Author
Although he was born and raised in Little Rock, Donald Harington spent nearly all of his early summers in the Ozark mountain hamlet of Drakes Creek, his mother's hometown, where his grandparents operated the general store and post office. There, before he lost his hearing to meningitis at the age of twelve, he listened carefully to the vanishing Ozark folk language and the old tales told by story-tellers. His academic career is in art and art history and he has taught art history at a variety of colleges, including his alma mater, the University of Arkansas.
His first novel was published by Random House in 1965, and since then he has published twelve other novels, most of them set in the Ozark hamlet of his own creation, Stay More, based loosely upon Drakes Creek. He has also written books about artists.
He won the Robert Penn Warren Award in 2003, the Porter Prize in 1987, the Heasley Prize at Lyon College in 1998, was inducted into the Arkansas Writers' Hall of Fame in 1999 and that same year won the Arkansas Fiction Award of the Arkansas Library Association. He has been called "an undiscovered continent" (Fred Chappell) and "America's Greatest Unknown Novelist" (Entertainment Weekly).
The Critics Praise:
"With is very beautiful.... The book is Donald Harington at full stretch, with all that immensity of feeling that elevates his best books."
- Peter Straub
"With is a curiously seductive story that steadily builds a kind of fabulistic power.... It's sexy, funny, and reaches a splendid crescendo.... A key work in Harington's one-of-a-kind oeuvre."
- Kirkus, starred review