It’s August 2011, and Tropical Storm Irene has just wreaked havoc on Vermont, flooding rivers and destroying homes. One thousand miles away—while tending bar in New Orleans—Vale receives a
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4.5 This is the kind of book I best like to read. Quiet books that tell the story of land,, nature and the strong people who are tied to this place. The mountains of Vermont, the book begins with a hurricane and heroin. Bonnie has just shot up when the hurricane hits, her daughter n New Orleans, making a living as a barista and part time dancer. She receives a phone call that her mother is missing, and leaves immediately for home.
Strong women, unforgettable women, flawed women and the generation
Complex characters, complicated relationships, women living seemingly simple , quiet lives in the woods. A narrative structure that can pose at first a challenge, trying to keep tract of the characters in the present and past since there are multiple time lines, multiple narratives. Yet I enjoyed the challenge and found myself vested in them. In this story of this place called Heart Spring Mountain and the family who lives there or have left there, the writing is lovely from these introspective
Vale returns to Vermont looking for her drug addicted mother who went missing during Tropical Storm Irene. After seeing an old family photograph, she also begins searching for information about her family, the past . The reader becomes privy to this family history through the narratives of the past as Vale slowly discovers things we already know or surmise. There secrets and deceits and a haunting revelation of a Eugenics program in Vermont’s history.
I won’t go into detail about the names and times because it would be more meaningful if you read this to discover them yourself. I definitely recommend this debut novel, this story of women who in so many ways have a connection to the land. They discover their connection to it, to each other, to their history. There is definitely a message here about global warming and natural disasters. I don’t mind the message and I got it very early on but I think the author didn’t have very much faith in the reader as there are a few too many mentions of natural disasters in various places in the world . BUT, a minor issue because I really enjoyed everything else about it, so 4 stars .
I received an advanced copy of this book from Ecco/HarperCollins through Edelweiss.
Tropical Storm Irene has hit Vermont in 2011, rural areas are all torn up, and a woman named Bonnie, a heroin addict has gone missing. Her daughter Vale, who has been living in New Orleans for eight years, comes back home to Vermont and Heart Spring Mountain, the place that her ancestors have built their homes and lived since the 1800’s, to look for her. Vale reconnects with family and learns a lot of their history and secrets.
The book goes back and forth in time, through three generations of w