May 22, 10
Recommended to Barbara by:
Read in April, 2010
Lee Martin's sad, but compelling novel has remained in my thoughts as I mull over the events and their significance. He has written a deeply nuanced, complex account. A lovely nine year old girl, from a widely respected, affluent family, has disappeared. The story is narrated in the voices of various inhabitants of town. These speakers blend seamlessly and vivdly to recount their simple lives and their actions relative to the missing child.
Life in this small, insignificant,Indiana town during a sweltering hot summer in the early 70's is vividly portrayed. The disparity of living conditions between the wealthy and the destitute are clearly revealed to the reader.
Martin has created a morally intricate chronicle, addressing the compromises and decisions that people make in their lives and the manner in which they face isolation and grief. Throughout this novel, Martin has woven scenes of self-reflection, tension and suspense which carry the reader to the final pages.