The Odor of Orchids
by Charles Bechtel
This book takes you into the steamy summer-hot mountains of western North Carolina, but it's not a regional book. History is made equally among people who do not make it into the news, and the history of three strangers coming together becomes a microcosm of what troubles the daily life of us all. Love, loss, sex, strangeness, hope, anxiety, confusion, betrayal... these and more are all in there.