[NEW VERSION FURTHER DOWN. Thanks.]
I actually recently rewrote it to try to make it more punchy, but I'm not sure if I like the new one:I am seeking representation for ALONE WITH EVERYONE, a 70,000-word literary novel.
Amanda yearns to discard her dress and bonnet, but her parents won't let her. According to their religion, women are only housewives, but even at twelve she knows she wants to go to college. Chris, the disfigured musical genius who lives in seclusion down the road, proves the only sympathetic adult and her only friend.
But when her father finds out Amanda spends hours alone in the house of this strange hermit, he forbids her to see him, suspecting the worst of their relationship. Amanda, sick of her oppressive parents, runs away, hitching a ride with Fred, an enormous trucker who believes violence is the purest form of prayer. He imprisons her thousands of miles from her Indiana home, shows her the clothes of the wife he murdered, and promises her the same if she ever tries to leave.
Amanda lives under this threat until she sees the chance to get online while Fred is asleep. She has little experience with a computer, and no one to contact, but through a news search she discovers that Chris has been imprisoned in connection with her disappearance. She decides she must return to free him—but first must free herself. Thus begins her brush with vengeance and the long trek home to confront a father utterly changed by the injustice he helped perpetrate.
Thank you for your time,
Also: I'd call it literary, but it also has an active plot. It's almost literary thrillerish, but even "thriller" sounds too strong. Would "mainstream" word for something like this, or would that just annoy agents?I am seeking representation for ALONE WITH EVERYONE, a 70,000-word literary novel.
When a girl raised in a cult that considers her only fit for cleaning must escape from a sadistic trucker who has abducted her, she needs an inner strength. For Amanda, it comes from more than her natural willfulness. It is inspired by the man wrongfully imprisoned for molesting her: Chris, a disfigured musical genius who happens to be her only friend.
Richard, her father, is the agent of Chris's imprisonment. He mistrusted Chris's relationship with his daughter from the beginning, and when she disappears, he assumes Chris is responsible. When the Pastor of their church testifies that Amanda admitted Chris had abused her, it isn't long for the hermit to be tried and found guilty. Four years later, however, a girl much like Amanda turns up pregnant by the same Pastor, and an investigation proves him to have abused many girls, including Amanda. Richard becomes convinced he put the wrong person in prison, and sets out to have him freed.
Meanwhile, as Amanda's abductor sleeps, she sees a chance to get online. Due to her monastic upbringing, she has little experience with a computer, and no one to contact, but through a news search she discovers that Chris has been imprisoned in connection with her disappearance. She decides she must return to free him—but first must free herself. Thus both father and daughter unknowingly fight for the same end, but while one confronts his own fallibility, the other confronts her captor: an enormous man who believes that violence is the purest form of prayer.
Thank you for your time,
Thank you for your time!