my take: A small town saga set in Wisconsin, the novel is populated with a large cast of everyday characters – long lost cousins, a father & son, a mother & her illegitimate son, a grandfather and his sickly teenager, a mechanic and his pastor wife, a newly-released parolee and his parole officer.
When I write my novel (let’s be realistic NOVELLA) someday, I’d like to address the question “Can people change?” … and the obvious corollary “Do they?” I think this novel answers some of my wonderings … with an answer that sounds more like “people are onions.”
With themes of redemption, belonging, love, and reconciliation this quiet tale is a great read.
my source: Bookman Book Store, Grand Haven, MI
my verdict: great read