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Eric Bergstrom and his family live miles from the nearest pavement or powerline, half an hour of snow or mud or dust from Sprague River Oregon, and the bustle of its Post Office and Gas Station. He writes home-spun stories and home-schools his son in a home-made home with home-made power. In the interest of writing what he knows, it takes a narrow focus to pinpoint any genre of actual expertise - is "bumpkin" a genre?
on May 04, 2012 :
The stories in this book reminded me of Barbara Kingsolver's novels. The interaction between humans and their communities, layers of meaning exposed through simple but direct language. Beautiful! Writing that flows this smoothly is the result of either hours of intense work and rewriting or the happy accident of an unusual talent. Or possibly, a combination of both? I have to admit I may be less than completely objective. The people and where and how they live are especially interesting to me. My grandfather worked at the Bray Mill near Chiloquin before it burned down. My father was born in a shack somewhere in Chiloquin. My logger relatives migrated to Klamath Falls when my grandmother chopped down the "cat house" in a fit of jealous rage, and Grandpa was urged to move his woman out of town. I grew up knowing a lot of people just like these characters. Watching the dynamic between them, the hate/love/need that exists in that world feeds my own novels. I just wish I did it half as well.
Pam, author of Something In The Dark, Cold Kill, Altered Visions and more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)