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Owen, it turns out, is business editor of the business section of the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star. That fact must explain why the Rappahannock Library system stocks this novel in bags filled with ten copies for book clubs. I liked Georgia, the main character, who at age 51 finds love in the same year she becomes a grandmother while on sabbatical to recover from the death of her third husband. Rape, murder, the easing of racial tensions, and nasty comments over Scrabble: they're all here. The...more
Picked this book up randomly off the library shelf. Decent enough read--the back flap had some nice reviews "a good story, engaging characters and a pretty good mystery complete with a twist at the end"--but I was put off by too much explicit language. Would not recommend or even be eager to try something else by this author.
Howard Owen was born March 1, 1949, in Fayetteville, N.C. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1971, journalism) and has a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (1981, English).
He and his wife since 1973, Karen Van Neste Owen (the former publisher of Van Neste Books), live in Fredericksburg, Va., where both are editors at The Free Lance-Star. He has...more