I adore this beautifully-crafted selection of stories from Barbara Lockhart. It's a wonderful read, and since I'm from the east coast I can definitely relate. Small town living at it's most brilliant, she takes you there and make you feel oh so comfortable. I loved listening to this, for both the writing and narration. Great, great stuff. I'd definitely recommend it :)
Absolutely brilliant. Every once in a while, you come across an author who understands the craft of writing. Lockhart is captivating and the depth and richness she creates in such short spans is a marvel. This book is so good that I am holding back from the last chapter because I just don't want to be done yet. I keep this book next to Stephen King's "On Writing" because they are my writing Bibles.
Beautifully written collection of stories (and one poem) set on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The evocative prose brings to life small-town living and family relationships, primarily through the eyes of an aging woman reflecting on her life and "remembrances of her days and tender words whispered long ago."
Lockhart weaves her sentences into glimpses of the human soul, often brutally honest, but never without compassion. She captures the rhythms, cadences, and dialects of rural America, and uses them to propel her readers into her characters’ world. One almost feels like an eavesdropper.
There is a wide range of characters and voices, from older ladies remembering how to find delight in life, to men settling in to less than satisfying relationships, and young boys learning what it means to be a man. Each with a distinctive voice which reveals a truth that grabs the reader.
Through these poignantly beautiful stories, beautifully written, and the theme that runs through all of them— “a certain renewed and terminal hopefulness, a place where the night is always young”— Lockhart takes us not only on a journey through her beloved Maryland’s Eastern Shore and rural life, but even more through the journey of the human heart and all its attempts, some successful and some not, to connect and love.