The writing is good but beyond me how this author found so much to say and say and say about the town and people. My first impression is that it would be somewhat like tales in a poverty area of Appalachia probably because it begins by describing Duval's arrival when he "came down off the mountain into Atkinson." There are a multitude of stories all converging in this small town USA,some pathetic, some annoying, some tiresome and some intriguing, so the novel offers a range of reading. Just about the time I thought I had identified the primary themes, another emerged.
Page 102: "The three of them used to visit here every Sunday after Mass. But that had
I would give this a 3 ***It is not really a bad read if someone wants to read drama after personal drama, perhaps this novel fits the bill. Described as a good summer read, perhaps so.