©2009 Jayne Anne Phillips; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"This poetic novel alternates between the last hours of Robert Leavitt, a corporal in the U.S. Army, pinned down in a tunnel in South Korea, in 1950, and the story of his disabled son, Termite, who, nine years later, is living with his half sister, Lark, and their aunt in West Virginia." (The New Yorker)
"Through Robert and Nonie's stories and by exposing the innermost thoughts of each character, Phillips creates a wrenching portrait of devotion while keeping the suspense at a palpitating level." (Publishers Weekly)
This is a beautifully written, very literary (echoes of Faulkner) novel that slowly unspools the secrets of its lovely characters. Because the strength of this book is its language, this is one I think I might have preferred to read.
I've tried listening to this book twice now since it has gotten good literary reviews but trying to follow the narrations from the Korea portion of the story or those told from Termite's perspective are just too hard to follow.
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