This outstanding book works beautifully on three fronts. The history of Bellingham Bay is gripping from start to finish. The writing is beautiful, even poetic at times. Dillard provides so many perspectives on her investigation of life and death by threading this main theme beautifully through all of the stories and all of the characters. Wonderfully and brilliantly done.
I am also glad to have been introduced to Grace Conlin as a narrator. From the playful parts of the book to the grimly serious sections to the philosophical side spurs, she brought out the mood of the book very well.
Does a woodworker decide what he is going to make a table, no a bookcase, no a wine rack and then reach for a board? Nope. Do you punch coordinates into a GPS tracker? Nope. Does a GPS tracker have a range of +/- 100 feet in one sentence and then tell you the target is 15 feet ahead 5 sentences later? Nope. Author is sloppy and lazy and, was there no editor?
Narrator was fine. No audible cringes, impressive given the material.
Live and learn.
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