In M.O. Walsh's debut novel, My Sunshine Away, a thirty-something narrator tells of the summer of 1989 when he was 14 years old. He was obsessively in love with Lindy Simpson, a 15 year-old girl living across the street.
This book has everything: the immigrant experience; the sweeping beauty and the back-breaking hardship of working the land; the passing down of work from one generation to the next; and best of all... a beautiful story of self-discovery through work.
Readers can love a novel or short story for many reasons -- including expert prose, a compelling plot, and well-drawn characters. There's also the appeal of what might be called the "recognition apparition."
My list includes the authors' names, the number of novels I've read by each of them, and my three favorite novels (in rank order) by each of them. If you have different favorites by those authors, I'd like to hear about that.
Though my bruise is a bit smaller, I've been wearing shorts to show it off. When anyone asks, I tell them I fell of my bike during a rocky, rooty, muddy, wet and spectacular ride through the pristine wilderness of Grand Manan Island.
They were unplanned "Five-Year Plans" for the ages: the amazing proliferation of classic novels published from 1846 to 1851 and from 1922 to 1927. And, believe it or not, one author had a book in both those periods!
There are plenty of cases where an author's masterpiece deserves the top billing it gets in the author's canon. But then there are the cases where a writer's most famous book is not the writer's best book.
On a family vacation from Wisconsin to Dauphin Island, Alabama, we stopped at Lincoln's home in Springfield, IL to take a tour. In the front parlor there was a photograph of Honest Abe hanging on the wall.
Whether you are with your loved one this Valentine's Day, or on your own, you can be celebrating Divine Love. What is Divine Love? How it any different from regular old love? And how can you celebrate it?