Friday, December 18, 2009

~Friday Finds~


Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips

From Publishers Weekly

From Phillip's (Motherkind; Shelter) comes a long-awaited and wonderful coming-of-age tale of grief and survival. The story straddles a parallel six-day period in July, one in 1959—during which 17-year-old Lark; her brother, Termite, who cant talk; and their aunt and caretaker, Nonie, are struggling to balance hope and despair in smalltown West Virginia—and nine years earlier, when Termites father, Robert Leavitt, serves a tour in Korea. Lark, living with her aunt without knowing who her father is or why her mother gave her up, was nine years old when baby Termite landed on their doorstep. Nonie works long hours at a local restaurant to support the hodgepodge family, leaving Lark to take over mothering duties, but as Lark finishes secretarial school and realizes how limited the options are for her and Termite, forces of nature and odd individuals shed light on mysteries of the past and lend a hand in steering the next course of action. 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.
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375701931






15 comments:

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

Wow this book sounds sooo good to me. it is just the kind of book i like to read! I certainly go on my TBR list.

DCMetroreader said...

This sounds like a compelling read. Thanks for the heads up!

gautami tripathy said...

I will definitely check it out.

Here is my Friday Find: The Wrong Miracle by Liz Gallagher.

Myckyee said...

Sounds really interesting. This is a new one for me - I hadn't heard of it before reading your post. I'll keep my eye out for it now.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I remember seeing this book on a friend's Amazon reviews and putting it on my list! Thanks for reminding me that I want to read it!

Wander to the Wayside said...

That sounds just like the kind of books I like the best, especially the hodgepodge family part!

Jo-Jo said...

This sounds great and it's totally new to me. Thanks for sharing it.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

This sounds like a good one. Did I tell you a friend has been giving me the Best 100 mysteries to read? I'm not much of a mystery reader, but am enjoying these. Only 93 to go.

Diane said...

Oh yes, this one is on my list; great find!

Laughing Stars said...

This sounds great!

Laughing Stars said...

This sounds great!

Lisa said...

I'm seeing this one on best-of lists so it's probably time to add it to the never-ending tbr list.

Sassy Brit said...

Hi thanks for the this, sounds like a fun find.

I do love your Christmas look, it's very appealing. I wish I knew how to add more to mine, but I fear I'll mess it up if I try! LOL

Have a great Christmas!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Sounds like a great read for the Christmas break!!!! Have a wonderful holiday, dear Missy! ~Janine XO

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

Just finished this one last week (and just hit post on the review on my blog). Really enjoyed it, despite a couple areas of confusion ... definitely give it a try!

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