In honor of this week's focus of the reconstruction and repair, I'd love to feature my novel--not because it's a work in progress but because it deals with restoration. Unfortunately, since no brilliant agent or editor has managed to snatch me up and publish my literary masterpiece, this is impossible. And since I'm currently editing/re-writing bits of said sacred text, it might be a bit premature.
In honor of Feature Friday, I am going to feature my favorite book of all time. This is also exciting because it's the first place my name and my favorite writer's name have ever appeared in the same spot. Hopefully it won't be the last. Please cheer with me, even if it is self contrived! It keeps me dreaming of the day still to come!
This week's feature is Charles Martin's When Crickets Cry.
BOOKPAGE has said that Charles Martin is the author of "God-haunted southern literature" and I couldn't agree more. He is so talented. Reading his books is more than just a few hours of entertainment; it's an experience. Martin averages a new book every 1.5-2 years, so when I get the chance to crack the spine for the first time on a new release, I know it's something I won't enjoy again for a while. I savor every word every time.
The back cover reads:
"It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. Her latest customer, a bearded stranger, drains his cup and heads for his car, his mind on a boat he's restoring at a nearby lake. But the little girl's pretty yellow dress can't quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up break truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.
Before it's over, they'll both know there are painful reasons why crickets cry. . . and that miracles lurk around unexpected corners."
Martin's characters are rich beyond description. They are memorable. His setting is so real it replaces the world the reader is actually in. His storylines are breathtaking, his backstory expertly woven, and his prose, lyrical. Of all of his books, this one is my favorite. Wrapped in Rain and Chasing Fireflies, and Where the River Ends are tied for a close second. I love his depiction of nature, his perfect word choice, and his rhythm.
Hopefully one day I'll be compared to him--in a good way! Until then, I'll keep reading his books and dreaming of that day. Seriously, check him out! You won't regret it!
See y'all Monday!
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