"Pearl Starling is forty-five, a hermit with a "colorful past" - a past filled with treachery and desire, death and survival - who makes her living weaving rugs in a North Carolina military town. For years she has been an object of curiosity and scorn, and now she has defied society's conventions once again: she is pregnant and no one knows who the father is." "In The Secret of Hurricanes, Pearl tells her unborn child about how she has weathered the "hurricanes" in her life - from religiously reading the local newspaper to drawing inspiration from the Kennedy's abiding strength in the face of tragedy. Traveling the dark roads of her past, Pearl reveals how her need for tenderness led to sexual confusion, a relationship with a much older man, and her part in a murder thirty years ago."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)
"My story gets told in various ways: a romance, a dirty joke, a war, a vacancy." --Rumi
That article in the Waterville Scout said it was Shakespearean, all that fatalism that guides the Kennedys' lives. The likelihood of untimely death. Recently, another one died in his prime, John-John in an airplane. Not long before that, Bobby's boy. While playing football at high speeds on snow skis.
I hear the dead oftentimes: parents, friends, lovers. Some gnawing at the undersides of grasses. Wanting to be coaxed out with sweet words like It's all right. I love you.
I still dream about Zeke's hands. And how they find me. At last. In the dreams I rise to his hand as to the surface of water. I gasp. My lungs fill with air.
The book is about a woman living in Waterville, NC who becomes a hermit as a result of a scandal that happened when she was a teenager. She is pregnant now and unmarried and everyone in Waterville wants to know who the father of her baby is. The whole book is narrated by Pearl who unburdens herself to her unborn child whom she believes is a girl.