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Spoonwood (Darby Chronicles #6)
Ernest Hebert's series of novels set in Darby. New Hampshire, has been hailed by the Boston Globe as one of the most interesting accomplishments of contemporary American fiction... [a series] into which the texture of class is as skillfully woven as it is in Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. After almost fifteen years, Hebert has returned to this rich literary landscape for ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published August 3rd 2005 by Dartmouth College
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BookList: Picking up where Live Free or Die (1990) left off, the sixth installment in Hebert's Darby cycle returns to the ordinary lives of the residents of a small New Hampshire town. Trash collector Freddie Elman's love affair with upper-class Lilith Salmon ends when she dies giving birth to their son, Birch. Freddie's doubts about Lilith's fidelity cause him to reject Birch and turn to drink. Eventually, though, Freddie and Birch form a bond, living on the road while Freddie supports them car ...more
An absolutely brilliant work, extraordinary dialogue, wit, wordplay and multiple points of narration (one from a deeply cynical and world-weary house cat named "Spontaneous Combustion"). Not necessary to read the entire Darby series to be taken by this story. Ernie Hebert is at the top of his craft.