In Caddis Wood by Mary F. Rockcastle combines a strong sense of place with family drama. Told in alternating points of view, husband and wife Carl and Hallie combat Carl’s debilitating illness until Carl discovers letters written to Hallie by another man. This shakes his faith in their relationship and Hallie’s devotion. Memories abound in this lyrical novel that explores the inner workings of marriage and the bond between two people over time that tightens and expands as they grow and change together and within their family. It’s this family that offers the couple a chance to forgive and heal one another.
Rockcastle presents a deep love of the environment and a realistic view of both environmental degradation and the degradation of a marriage in her novel. While her characters have their flaws, hope lies in their chance for redemption, if willing to get dirty, take close note of changes in the environment around them, whether in the natural world or the romantic one, and are ready to embrace the challenges and rewards of a long-term bond. Rockcastle works with a delicate brush and paints a picture of a marriage and the fortitude these characters have to endure and flourish.
Nothing is worse than a liar. When everyone is used to you lying, it gets easier, but then it becomes hard to differentiate the truth from the lie, and even harder to admit the lie for fear of hurting those you lied to. Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger is [...]
I typically look forward to a collection of essays with a dread akin to that of a dentist appointment. It is not that there is anything necessarily bad with essays or dentists, I just find them both boring and uncomfortable. The essayist tends to address [...]
Kingfisher Pink weaves a wholly original tale in his novel The Whole Beast. The story follows Camrose Rose, a strangely likeable protagonist, as he stumbles through a fantastical time of transition in his life. Living in Portland, Oregon, and working as a [...]