Words and pictures from the author of And the Crows Took Their Eyes as well as the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries . . .
Monday, January 31, 2022
Ins and Outs
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Faffing About on a Very Cold Day
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Friday, January 28, 2022
Thursday, January 27, 2022
McMullen Circle by Heather Newton
Deeply satisfying, this novel in twelve linked stories explores the intertwined lives of families at a boarding school. Set in Georgia during the turbulent years of 1969-70, the book explores multiple issues, among them Vietnam, integration, loyalty, and heroism.
Each story focuses on a different character, from the rigid headmaster of the school and his frustrated wife to a cafeteria worker and her aspiration for her children, an aging lesbian couple, to an alcoholic veteran of WWII, living in a nearby facility.
Each chapter/story is a gem, complete in itself. But in linking them together, she shows us the larger world and the fundamental interconnectedness of us all, Newton brings each character to vivid life, engaging our sympathy for their various conditions. Her masterly use of small suggestions to carry a larger story is delightful.
The whole book is delightful. Highly recommended.
I'll be doing a Zoom conversation with Heather on Feb. 20 at 3--and will post more info later.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
I have been laid low by the cold Josie and her family have been hit by. They are all right now. I slept most of yesterday and feel slightly better today. More tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Evening in the East--Reflections
I continue to reflect on The Warmth of Other Suns which I recently blogged about, even I read news reports of hysterical opposition to so-called Critical Race Theory.
The trials people of color endured and still endure deserve to be talked about. I believe that there is not a White person alive who has not, in various ways, benefited from the oppression suffered by people of color.