Apr 29, 09
Read in April, 2009
Slow to develop, this tells the tale of a woman in her eighties accused of murder and who has lived a hard-scrabble life on the eastern plains of Colorado. As with all of Haruf's novels, the characters become fully fleshed by the narrative until, by the end, we feel like we know these people. The story is told from the point of view of the next door neighbor who witnessed a great deal of the pain inflicted on Edith and her brother Lyman by their tyrannical father whose legendary rage was directed at everyone who came within its range. There is a great deal of love in the telling of this tale. The love of the neighbor, Sandy Roscoe, and his family for Edith; the love Edith had for her brother; the love Lyman had for travel and adventure, until coming back to roost on the old homestead; and a love that was not allowed to flourish that might have changed everything. A beautiful read, one to be savored like a good strong cup of coffee, or a sumptuous meal.