I have read four books lately:
Stoner by John Williams. I did enjoy this book and I do recommend it. At face value, it appears to be
"Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude."
Good story, good writing. Side note: the book was written in 1965.
Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick. I wasn't real taken with this novel, although I did
Charlie seemed to be searching for a wonderful life. He attended all of the churches, trying to find one that felt right for him. He continued to buy up land. And then, he fell hard for the young, beautiful wife of one of the old, wealthy men in town. Charlie and Sylvan began an extramarital affair. Charlie bought Sylvan a house, and they would meet there to be alone. Except that Charlies always took Sam everywhere he went, leaving the five year old boy confused and wondering what Charlie was doing.
The book ends tragically.
It is fairly well-written, but left some things unanswered that perhaps needed to be explained, like who was Charlie really? Where did his money come from? Etc.
Life After Life by Jill McCorkle. This was one of my book groups choice for August. It was an
amusing story, but didn't hold my interest real well. It is a novel about a few residents of an independent living home, Pine Haven Retirement Center, in a small town in North Carolina, as they near the end of their lives. Being who I am, I wanted to know much more about each person's story, so that was disappointing to me. However, the author does a good job in such a short space of letting you know about each character. I just wanted more! Besides the residents of the facility, there are a couple of the staff that are also in the book. Their lives intertwine with the residents in interesting ways, and serve to show the contrast of stages of life.
Perhaps, it is just me that didn't find the book that great...dealing with aging parents could do that!
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. I did enjoy this book quite a bit. It was rather simple, yet there was a lot to it.
In 1850, Hannah Bright, a seamstress and Quaker from England, was struggling with the recent
Hannah had learned about the Underground Railway when she first arrived in Ohio, and she slowly became aware of activities that were going on. As she began to notice travelers hiding, she began to help those traveling on their way to Canada ( or up north). Her mother-in-law learned of Hannah's activities and forebade her to help anyone.
The story is about the struggle of speaking of one's beliefs, and actually living that belief. It was quite a good story of the years before the Civil War, as slavery was pervasive in the South and the slaves were trying to escape.