By Jennifer Armstrong
A lyrical novel a couple of day within the lifetime of a tender pioneer lady transforming into up at the Dakota prairie is now to be had in a Knopf Paperback variation. This largely praised and fantastically crafted story deftly inspires the mammoth expanse of the yank West, the hardships confronted via pioneer households, and the powerful bonds of family members and group.
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These suburbs didn’t exist twenty years ago but now the farmland where we used to ride our bikes seems to grow red brick. There are no longer open fields, just streets lined with enormous Georgian houses. “They spring out of the ground,” my mother says darkly, and it’s true that if you go six months without driving a particular country road, the odds are that the next time you take that route you won’t recognize it. My mother exists in a permanent state of disorientation, something I believe is common in southerners of her generation.
Now all the guards know my Mini Coop by sight and this one looks up from his newspaper and waves me through. I am not a dangerous woman. Anyone can see that at a glance. Mark’s car isn’t there when I pull into the driveway, which I assume means he’s having dinner at the clubhouse. Most of the husbands have found a way to avoid being home on book club night. Kelly is fanning out brownies on a platter when I walk into the kitchen. “Look at these,” she says. ” “You amaze me,” I say, and it’s true.
Chapter Three K elly is hosting book club this month, which means she gets to choose the book. Kelly isn’t much of a reader so what we’re reading isn’t much of a book. Kelly is the rich one in the group, although it would make her mad to hear me describe her like that. Her house is in the kind of community where you have to call down and give the gatekeeper somebody’s name before they’ll let them in—just dropping by to visit in this neighborhood is completely out of the question. But I come over so often that Kelly fi nally took a picture down to the guardhouse—a snapshot of me at her wedding that she copied at Kinko’s and printed beneath it: let this person in no matter what.
Black-Eyed Susan by Jennifer Armstrong