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In the Fall by Jeffrey Lent
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What initially appealed to me about this book was its intriguing premise: a young Union soldier is befriended by a newly-freed female slave, whom he marries and brings back to Vermont. The book's three sections deal with the repercussions of the Civil War and an event that haunts the family for three generations.
The book is told through the eyes of the men: Norman,the young soldier who marries an uncertain Leah; Jamie, their son; and Foster, Jamie's son. However, Leah's story is intertwined through the men's narrative.
Although the book is definitely lyrical, the tendency of the author to skim over main plot events while delving sometimes too deeply in a character's interior thoughts slows the story way down. Persistence pays off, but you will definitely need patience with this one.
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