Jewelweed

Jewelweed

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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From a masterful storyteller, comes a Midwestern epic that illuminates the majestic in the commonplace.

When David Rhodes burst onto the American literary scene in the 1970s, he was hailed as "a brilliant visionary" (John Gardner), and compared to Sherwood Anderson and Marilynne Robinson. In Driftless , his "most accomplished work yet" (Joseph Kanon), Rhodes brought Words, WI, to life in a way that resonated with readers across the country. Now with Jewelweed , this beloved author returns to the same out-of-the-way hamlet and introduces a cast of characters who all find themselves charged with overcoming the burdens left by the past, sometimes with the help of peach preserves or pie.

After serving time for a dubious conviction, Blake Bookchester is paroled and returns home. The story of Blake's hometown is one of challenge, change, and redemption, of outsiders and of limitations, and simultaneously one of supernatural happenings and of great love. Each of Rhodes's characters--flawed, deeply human, and ultimately universal--approach the future with a combination of hope and trepidation, increasingly mindful of the importance of community to their individual lives. Rich with a sense of empathy and wonder, Jewelweed offers a vision in which the ordinary becomes mythical.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Milkweed Editions, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781571318831
1571318836
Branch Call Number: PS3568.H55 J49 2013x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file

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PimaLib_MaryG Jan 20, 2016

This is a real jewel of a book that grows on you as you read. it starts off as a sort of wandering collection of disconnected tales that, of course, become connected and intertwined as you continue to read. By the end I couldn't put it down.

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Izroel56
Dec 25, 2013

For the first time as an avid reader, when I finished reading this amazing novel, I wanted to start reading it again. It moved me in so many ways.

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ljohns
Aug 25, 2013

Wonderfully humane. Loved this book.

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