Twenty years ago, Doug gave up the love of his life for the life of a farmer. Now, the dying town of Sandy has found sudden new life as old faces return, pulling the town back from the brink of collapse.
But not everything is right in Sandy - the town's newest residents are a little funny and when Doug's high school sweetheart, Ellie, calls him out of the blue he'll find that home sweet home hides a dark secret.
Sandy's Revival by Jack Bixby takes small-town mentality to a supernatural level. This story touched a nerve with me...I'm someone who left a town like Sandy - I still have nightmares about the place, decades after leaving...and, now, the place is much larger with most everyone having returned. If I didn't know any better, I would think Bixby wrote about my hometown.
Doug's character seems so sad. I'm unsure if his choice of farming gave him any joy. His initial excitement at seeing a familiar face come back to Sandy is heartbreaking in a way. I wish more had been revealed about the Wanderer, but I love the ending. The story is like an episode of The Twilight Zone.