Like Tom Joad returning to his home only to find his family gone and the house half covered by the encroaching rows of cotton, each of us this Thanksgiving will find something at home that we did not expect.
This summer has seen the release of some engrossing novels that reflect a post 9-11 sensibility that assimilates and responds to the last seven years of absurdity, horror, heartbreak, stupidity, and dueling cynicism-idealism.
If you've been spending time in proximity to teenage girls this week, there's a strong chance you've heard about Edward Cullen. Cullen is the undead hero of bestselling young adult fantasy/romance series The Twilight saga.
There are a number of modern authors whose facility with the written word and ability to plumb the human experience leave me in awe. But if you asked me whose work touched me most, it would be O'Faolain's.