|Front cover paperback|
The novel begins in summer 1961, in New Bremen, MN and mentions that it was a summer" in which death in visitation, assumed many forms." The prologue 2nd paragraph references the Greek ancient playwright Aeschylus, "He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain, which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God." So we are beginning to know this will be about death, mourning and twists.
Pg 196, "I think we just keep going on. We keep doing what we always do and someday it'll feel right again."
Pg 302, "It seems to me that when you look back at a life, yours or another's, what you see is a path that weaves into and out of deep shadow. So much is lost. What we use to construct the past is what has remained in the open, a hodgepodge of fleeting glimpses. Our histories like my father's current body are structures built of toothpicks."
|Author Krueger at the La Crescent Library.|
I did enjoy hearing the author talk about his books and his writing journey. So many there had read nearly everyone of his books, I was likely the only new reader of this author. He is very personable. There is nothing negative I can say about the book but it just did not grab m. I read it yet, I am not enticed to read others nor to begin the O'connor series. I give it 3 & 1/2 stars, perhaps 4 ****