BornWest Jefferson, NC, The United States
"There is so much here, I don’t know where to begin. Beautifully written literary fiction. A coming of age story. Fathers and sons. Setting so pronounced it becomes another character in the story. I have read a good number of debut novels in the last " Read more of this review »
"Utterly compelling. A story of an avid reader and writer who bores a family and buys an unusual house. His life, family and interests; happy moments and all, lead him to a state of despair. Unfortunate life events he can not recover from and the stor" Read more of this review »
"I liked The Barrowfields much more than I expected to.
It's a slow-paced debut novel that almost feels like it belongs to another era. It's literary fiction that follows a young man who yearns to know his father, who is either (or possibly both) a gen" Read more of this review »
Phillip answered Wendy's question:
What is the model for Old Buckram? I’m out in Marble, northwest of Murphy. Just starting The Barrowfields today. So far, I’m hooked. I moved to NC a year ago when I retired from a public library in Indiana, and I have been reading NC setting and NC authors ever since.
Wendy - good morning, and welcome to the Carolinas! You have picked an absolutely beautiful part of the state to live in (as you know, of course). I love it out there and visit as often as I can (particularly the Nantahala Outdoor Center, which is pr See Full Answer
“We realize, though, because we must, that remembrance is finite. It crosses only so many generations before it fades to indistinction. One man remembers his father and perhaps his grandfather and the details of the lives that were lived. But it's harder to see further back in time. I know the name of my great-grandfather, but our living time did not intersect. We did not walk the earth at the same time. Thus, to me he's a photograph; a story I heard my grandfather tell. He's not a life I remember. And my children may not know him at all, unless by chance they can find him in a book. In time, he will be forgotten entirely, just as we all will with enough revolutions of the earth around the slowly expiring sun. Each fragile heart now beating will one day stop ... We are little more than one tree's growth of leaves in hillside forest. We will enjoy our brief moment in the sun, only to fall away with all the other to make way for the next bright young generation.”
“He began to explicate a detailed and heretofore unformulated hypothesis about the human mind’s psychological readiness to read a given book at a given moment, and how important, nay, critical, it was to have the book one wanted to read at the absolute ready when the inspiration struck.”
“There is a fear that accompanies returning to a place that holds many of your life’s memories, especially if years pass between leaving and returning.”
What shall we read in November, 2020? Books published after 1980.
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