When Patty Went Away
What could turn a meek man into one who stands alone against his community and everyone he loves? For Jack McIntyre, it is a girl who has no one else.In 1976, rebellious fifteen-year-old Patty Pugh disappears from her farming community. By the time she vanishes, Patty had grown to be a wild, charismatic, run-around—a mote in the community’s eye—and the town bids her good riddance. Farmer Jack McIntyre can’t escape worry for Patty, for as wild as she was, she was also his beloved daughter’s only friend. He knows he is the only one who will try to find her, but his quest will change him profoundly. Her disappearance causes most everyone to breathe a sigh of relief; no one seems concerned but Jack McIntyre and his beloved daughter. Jack McIntyre works a farm that has been in his family for three generations. He and his wife struggle to make a living on the land he loves. That awful year, a hailstorm wipes out Jack’s entire crop and the bank threatens to foreclose. As much as his own future worries him, Jack cannot put Patty out of his mind. Most of her life she was close to Jack’s family, but the year before she vanishes she becomes troubled, rebellious, flouting the rules of small-town social conduct and tradition. Her defiant behavior even pulls down the reputation of Jack’s daughter. Patty causes so much disruption, the community bids her good riddance and Jack’s wife writes her off as a bad seed. It rests on Jack to try to find out what happened to her. While Jack scrambles to keep his ranch and family afloat, he quietly begins a search to find the girl. His quest leads him on a strange journey where he discovers the underbelly of a world and life he could never have imagined.