Title: Jewelweed: A Novel
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Milkweed Editions April 2014
1571311068 / 9781571311061
Seller ID: 110010
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. He returns to his father's house, to a job arranged by the preacher who lobbied for his release, and to yearnings for the woman he loved. 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.