The time frame covers a small period, about 5 months over Christmas and New Year, and through the harshest season. Oh dear lord, the last paragraph of the forty-first chapter just about killed me — or at least had me close to tears and I ver Every time I picked up this book, I enjoyed it but didn't love it — and then, today, I just sat down and whipped through the second half of the book and ended up immensely in love with it. This was our November read for Book Club. There were times when I didn't know that something significant had happened because the narrator spoke in metaphor and mystical, religious language about her distorted, dream-like reality. Of course the story line was dark, but I really savoured the metaphorical way she spoke ab Initially I wasn't sure about this book.
It's clear by the end of the book though, where there is a dramatic shift in tone, that the unfocused writing is a stylistic choice Amy Espeseth can write with beauty and intensity, which I admire. Espeseth's emphasis on nature and family and the impact they have on rural life is relatable to many people who grew up in rural America, where family and community, especially the church community, are above all else. Whatever it is, this is a 4 out of 5 and a strong one at that. Presented particularly to this reader as a crime novel, I've struggled to get this categorisation to work effectively. Just could not get into this.
Searches cannot start with a wildcard. Amy is the publisher at Vignette Press. Instead of just saying what happens, Ruth has a way with words which makes you feel the chill bite of the winds in wintertime, and the soft melting of snows in spring. She searched for solace in the mysteries of the natural world- broken fawns, migrating birds, and the strange fish deep beneath the ice. It is at once devastating and beautiful, and ultimately transcendent. It also is clear that Ruth tries to make sense of her experiences using religion and nature. I did enjoy some of the author's writing but for the most part I found the book 'muddy' and hard to relate to.
Ruth and her cousin Naomi live in rural Failing, Wisconsin, part of a community of Pentecostal fundamentalists. I constantly found myself moved by her metaphors and saddened by what happened in their lives. Can the girls' prayers for deliverance be answered? Even then, we will hold each other in death, breathless and asleep underneath the ice and snow and mud. The author Amy Espeseth grew up in this part of Wisconsin but she now lives in Melbourne where she is a writer, publisher and academic. It's already won several prizes.
The Ruth learns that Naomi harbours a terrible secret. Search Tips Our search has the following Google-type functionality: + addition symbol If you use '+' at the start of a word, that word will be present in the search results. This book easily could have been that code sort of book but everytime it inched into that skirting the subject territory Espesth would bump it back into the world of linear plot and realism. This is a layered world, with fundamentalist Christianity laid over an earlier dalliance with Amish religion; with Native American and Norwegian heritage lying underneath as well. Certain moments in the book were familiar to me even before I'd read them in context — especially Ruth snuggling for warmth in the soft fur of the dead deer in the truck — because I'd been so struck by hearing them read aloud.
The genre and style were two things I'd never approached before--on purpose--but I was completely blindsided by how much I loved this. This was a great read and I loved it. The harshness of the winter is so well described that you know without checking that the author grew up there too. This is less a book, more a work of art. The descriptions and comparisons of the seasons, the animals, just everything was laid out hauntingly and so precis This book has to be one of the most beautiful and yet devastating ones I've read in quite awhile, and reader beware this is quite a heavy read.
Its a bit of a slow burner and could have been shorter and Ruth's cousin Naomi around whom so much of the action centers is a bit of a cipher. Every family it seems has a secret evil waiting to bring tragedy to the Lord's chosen people. This is a terrible book to have read in winter because the bone cold Wisconsin winter comes so strongly off the page. The setting is cold; the writer has taken care to enchantingly depict the weather and how it wraps around the characters. I really liked the writing, it was quite gentle and fitted the voice of the central protagonist Ruth really well.
I also enjoyed reading about the friendship between Ruth and Naomi. Ruth and Naomi are exquisitely drawn, the protective Ruth in particular, especially with her despair at realising that her sacrifice has failed to protect Naomi like she thought it would. Amy was born in rural Wisconsin in 1974 and immigrated to Australia in 1998. Oh dear lord, the last paragraph of the forty-first chapter just about killed me — or at least had me close to tears and I very, very rarely cry , it's so superb and painful and so, so, so beautiful. I really liked the writing, it was quite gentle and fitted the voice of the central protagonist Ruth really well. They are physically separated by snow and icy roads and socially separated by their religious beliefs. Join 284 other followers Sign me up! I loved how Amy Espesth didn't patronize her readers but alps made it clear what was unfolding.