Dec 17, 2009
Come on, Clyde Edgerton is great. He writes funny, tender stories and has made writing little old ladies an art form. He's easy on the eyes and has a bluegrass band, for pete's sake. This book breaks rules about how many points of views are okay in writing, and I love that. Even a wisteria vine has a point of view. This book made its stage debut with the Charlotte Repertory Theatre, and Clyde had a reception before the opening. He played the banjo and talked to us like we were sitting in his liv More...
Aug 31, 2010
I liked this book. I thought it did a good job of capturing Eastern North Carolina dialogue patterns; I also thought it managed to span various time periods well and still be believable. However, if you're averse to parts of a story being told by a wisteria vine, maybe this isn't the book for you.
Jul 13, 2008
As a collection of individual stories and personal recollections, it was interesting, but there was no real story - nothing apart from the characters' relationships with each other to bind them all together. Mr. Edgerton does a great job juggling several different first-person points of view. Each character has their own distinct voice, even the wisteria vine. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there had been more reports of what the vine "overheard." I was also surprised that the floatplan More...
Mar 08, 2009
Edgerton writes the most amusing books. This one was no exception. The events of daily life are told by each character which confirms that we are all unique and our interpretations of life are also unique. I love Edgerton's style and proclaim this book as one of his best.
Oct 11, 2010
I've listened to this as an audiobook at least 5 times, once with my husband John Kitchens for his first time. It has ROFL parts and some of the most sad, moving parts I've ever read. this isn't really a spoiler for the best ROFL part: Watch out/listen out for Papa saying: "Thantion it, damn it, thantion it!"
Mar 12, 2012
I really enjoy Clyde Edgerton's writing style, his storylines, and most of all, his interesting characters. They're unique and live lives worthy of dissection and discussion. Every family (hopefully) has at least one storyteller who chronicles those who came before and puts the pieces of the family puzzle together and creates a sense of completeness. Family sagas help us understand ourselves a little bit better and brings long gone progenitors again to life. Love this stuff!
May 17, 2008
This book tells the story of several generations in a revolving narrative that gives each character his or her own say, however briefly. Like an intricate quilt composed of squares from different quilters, the story is gradually pieced together by the voices of vivid, deeply-human characters. This is one of my top three favorite books of all time.
May 16, 2013