The beautiful Columbia Gorge, Oregon | Member Since 2010
Thoroughly enjoyed this book - the writing was graceful and narration excellent. I'm not generally a fan of historical fiction, but delighted to make this exception - the ordinary view of an extraordinary life and time was much appreciated, and even spurred a bit of historical and geographical research.
Having slogged through two mediocre (I'm being kind) and one okay book recently, it was a breath of pristine autumn air to be in McKinty's lush and highly competent storytelling again. I had listened to the three Sean McDuffy books in a row, and was so thoroughly delighted that I was attempting to ration his other books. I'm over that - I'll be enjoying a McKinty marathon for the next couple weeks, and then I'll be coming back for reruns.
Excellent story, excellent writing, and Gerard Doyle is a superb narrator. My only puzzle is how Dermott McCann had dinner with President Obama in this book after being pretty thoroughly deaded at the hand of Sean McDuffy in the 80s. However, my suspicion is that's a McKinty wink and nod to see if we're paying attention, or just to mess with us. He is good enough for me to be absolutely certain it's fully intentional.
Can't recommend the four McKinty's I've read highly enough. Off to "Dead I Well May Be"...
I did not expect to love this book, but it trampled all over that expectation. Excellent story beautifully written, and while George is already my favorite male narrator, Suzanne is now my favorite female narrator.
Beautiful job of illustrating the horrors of that time on a personal and individual scale, and showing the strength we have as humans to continue living through that which is utterly impossible.
Recommend with my whole heart.
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