This is the second Haven Kimmel novel I've read, and I have to say I'm hooked. It's her characters. You'd be lucky to be a Haven Kimmel character. You might work in a tiny library and spend your life grieving the man who left you for a woman with a prior claim. You might never leave your kitchen table out of a fear of germs. You might be graceful, rock-hard pool hustler with a failing Mazda truck and a disputed cue. Whatever you are, you will be as deeply engaged in the world of ideas as any professor. I love this. These people think and they read and make up sort of a lost tribe of superior intellects living in Midwestern diaspora. Kimmel does have a tendency to invest her characters with a slightly incredible degree of lean, wolfen physical grace and beauty, but you know, I can forgive that because these people are so fun to read.
I became a fast fan of Haven Kimmel's after reading "The Solace of Leaving Early". Her characters are so quirky that they fascinate as well as entertain me...even when they can also be SO annoying! "Something Rising" is not disappointing and I'll be first in line to get her next novel. I ESPECIALLY loved how, for "Solace" lovers, the character of Taos, the enigmatic missing brother, resurfaces here in "Something Rising"...you'll miss it if you aren't paying attention! Good going, Haven! Readers love stuff like this!
I don't have a good description. Stark and visceral, but hypnotic at the same time. A difficult but sympathetic protagonist; I cringed at each self-defeating action, but never stopped rooting for her. This book stayed with me in a way that few do.