I believe that the reader destroyed the essence of this book. Her voice is better suited to The Velveteen Rabbit than for a look at Kentucky, small town people.
The most interesting aspect of the book is the Kentucky setting. (I am from Kentucky and also an English teacher like the main character.). The least interesting parts were the stereotyped characters.
Nobody in Kentucky has diction consisting of overpronounced words, fake southern accents that make the reader cringe, and a prissy tone...think Nellie Olsen.
Sorry, but the novel was a disappointment.
When I read the comparison of Peculiar Grace to Plainsong, I was very anxious to read it. I think I should have read the book, however, and not listened. The narrator contorts a sensitive story into a chest-pounding melodrama. Surely it isn't what Lent intended. At first I thought the narrator was Scott Brick, whom I avoid at all costs, but this narrator is equally as "dramatic."
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