Feb 18, 11
Read in February, 2011
I really love Carolyn Chute, even though she always makes me painfully aware of how really screwed up things are. This is another of her very political books focused on the lives of the backwoods underclass in rural Maine. She's definitely treading on familiar ground here, though she adopts a style of ordering her story that is a departure for her and works brilliantly. I think she does an excellent job of presenting her politics without being preachy, though i'm sure others would disagree. And while the circumstances of many of her characters lives are, on the whole, quite depressing, I was really gradually and subtly moved by the many moments of beauty and happiness that permeate the novel. It's hard for me to really convey what i get out of Ms. Chute's writing, but I urge readers to find out for themselves what she has to offer. And please disregard the cheesy title.