Wednesday, March 3, 2010

An Unusual Read

Long a fan of epistolary novels, most notably:
A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster,
Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantok
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

I was delighted to discover Homeland.

It's a series of letters written during the Civil War between a woman living on a small island in Maine, whose husband, a Tennessean, feels compelled to join the Confederate Army to preserve his homeland, and a friend in Tennessee who is a strong anti-secessionist. There are many twists in the plot, but overall a strong testament to friendship AND the power of books to provide escape from the horrors of war (and depression I might add). "This is what they do for us, both books and friends: they remind us what it is to be human. As you wrote to me, they are the window into sunlight, even if we ourselves are shut in the dark."


Stella said...

Hi Ann-
I picked up Still Life with Elephant last weekend at the library. I'm about halfway through it and really enjoying it! Thanks for the suggestion. I've put the other books you listed on my MUST READ list, too!

DH 2Travelers said...

Ann, I am so looking forward to reading this one, too. I believe you first told me about it on our drive to Los Gatos ... I've just started THE OUTLIERS. You know me: I'm like you in that I love me a durn good epistolary !!! :-) (did I even spell that correctly?)