Kate Racculia, in her impressive debut novel, emanates an uncompromising, purposeful, and original voice. Her brilliantly crafted novel fallows Arthur Rook, a man recently heartbroken by his young wife’s sudden death. Delirious with grief, Arthur flees his home and job in California, guided only by an unmailed postcard written sixteen years ago to a woman he has never heard of. Arthur follows it to the Darby-Jones boardinghouse in a sleepy rural town in New York.
Arthur bites off more than he can chew. The proprietor Mona Jones, and her daughter Oneida, will learn from and teach Arthur. As the three gradually unveil the abstruse facts about each other’s lives, they are forced to choose whether the facts will ruin them or teach them about love, and how am it brings us together and gives life meaning. Racculia tells this pristine pioneer of a novel with discern and beauty. A truly great book.