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The Easter House

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  107 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Originally published in 1974, this gripping novel tells the tale of the Easter family of Ontarion, Iowa. Ansel Easter was a favored minister until he rescued a grotesque creature from a carnival sideshow. His sons, C and Sam, suffer in the shadow of their outcast father until his violent death. C and Sam leave the home their father built for a new beginning, and find fortu ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Milkweed Editions (first published August 10th 2009)
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Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grit-lit
yes, he was a miner, and was raised by woodsmen, protestant Protestants who had an ax-handle way of dealing with problems, to whom morality was not much more than fierce, communal bigotry, and who taught him to respect pain and avoid punishment and seek solace through physical exhaustion, and that any solace he might find even in that was was to be ashamed of because it indicated weakness - people who would never realize that difficulties were anything more than hunger, cold, and sprained muscle ...more
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I have nothing against bizarre novels and this certainly is one - from the plot to the characters (I am not certain there is a protagonist) to the images. However, when the progression of the book contains a couple of black holes that will rip the individual molecules out of your brain, you need perseverance and courage to keep reading all the way to what purports to be an ending. With Driftless Rhodes refines some of the raw technique and energy of this novel into a far superior novel.
Feb 04, 2010 rated it liked it
This author lives in WI and wrote three popular books in succession in the 70's and then was in a motorcycle accident and was paralyzed. He hadn't written anything for over 25 years until last year when he published a new book(Driftless). I liked this book even better - it is a story about a Iowan family in which each character is completely bizarre, yet very likeable. Some of the most unique characters I've ever had the chance to get to know...
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my least favorite of Rhodes' books, slow going until more than halfway through, and characters that can be difficult to identify with. Having said that, MAN can he write! Be sure to read Driftless and
Rock Island Line, two 5+ star books.
Oct 04, 2009 marked it as to-read
This book was reviewed in the Strib today. Set in rural Iowa the book is characterized as " much about setting as it is about the characters who inhabit such a place." Milkweed Editions re-release of this book, first published in the 1970s, implies that is will be worth reading.
Christine Humphrey
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Don't read Driftless prior to Easter House.....kind of different
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
Love his writing. He captures amazing human detail. The setting and characters are unique and fascinating, as is the story.
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Faulkner-esque. And riveting. Kudos to the Milkweed editor who "rediscovered" Rhodes, published the wonderful "Driftless," and brought this 1970s novel back into print.
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
beautifully written--spooky, scarey, puzzling, kept me on my toes the whole time.i can't even begin to describe this plot. this story is so unusual--you'll just have to read it!
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up a couple late nights in a row to finish this book because I really had to fine out what happened to the characters. Can't wait to read another book by this author.
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read it when it came out & just re-read it. For anyone who's ever lived in, or just driven through, a small midwestern town & wondered about "that weird house" & the people it it. Faulker in Iowa.
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As a young man, David Rhodes worked in fields, hospitals, and factories across Iowa. After receiving an MFA in Writing from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1971, he published three acclaimed novels: The Last Fair Deal Going Down (1972), The Easter House (1974), and Rock Island Line (1975). In 1976, a motorcycle accident left him partially paralyzed. In 2008, Rhodes returned to the lite