Monday, August 16, 2010

This Must Be the Place, by Kate Racculia

No murders, not much mystery, but still a lovely book.  Two main tracks, sometimes parallel, sometimes interwoven, give the book its form.  Arthur Rook, grieving widower, gifted photographer, seeks to learn healing mysteries about his wife, Amy, from her childhood friend, Desdemona Jones, baker and boarding house owner.  Mona's teenaged daughter, Oneida, social outcast but her mother's best friend, learns about love, friendship, and truth from her family, and first friends, Eugene Wendell and Dani Drake.  There's a third minor chord of a track that involves Eugene, aka Wendy, his self-creation as a bad-boy, and his artist/forger/musician family.  Lots of humor and heart.

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