Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Dell and his twin sister Berner live with their parents in a small rural town. At 15 years old, Dell is looking forward to school in the fall and maybe, just maybe, he will find a friend. Until his life is irrevocably altered, that is, by his parents decision to rob a bank. They are caught, and Dell is sent to Canada to work at a rural hotel by his mother's friend. Dell grows up a great deal and discovers more about himself than he ever thought possible.
This book was what I would call a sweeping epic. Dell's journey--losing his parents, losing his sister, and ending up in a small Canadian town where he must learn to fend for himself--is intense, deep, and lovely. Ford's prose is encompassing and dense, and I appreciate this in such an epic. His writing is languid and rich--it was hard to put this down.