OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “THE GORGE,” BY DAVID ARMAND, “AN UNLIKELY ARRANGEMENT,” BY PATTY WISEMAN AND “HUSTLE HENRY & THE CUEBALL KID,” BY JACK STRANDBURG, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.
“UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, MARCH 1-7.
“RESTING PLACES,” BY MICHAEL WHITE
The first time I ever saw a roadside memorial, it was on a bus trip from Guatemala City to Antigua, up a steep, twisting mountain road with no guardrails.
The man sitting next to me had a machete in his belt, but seemed amiable enough. Of course, I couldn’t speak Spanish and he didn’t speak English, so I pointed at one of the numerous small memorials along the way and made a questioning gesture. He promptly made a sign of the cross.
Since then, I have always been intrigued by these sad little shrines, and thought perhaps one might be a good jumping off point for a novel.
Now, Michael White has done it. His book “Resting Places” makes its debut today, and this is what Michael wrote on his Snowflakes template:
“Elizabeth, grieving the death of her son, meets a mysterious man along the side of the road who is placing flowers near a ‘roadside memorial.’ She stops and he tells her about ‘descansos,’ Spanish for “resting places”—those roadside memorials that were called resting places for people carrying their loved ones to their final resting place. With this she goes on a spiritual and physical journey cross country to the site of her son’s death … ”
Michael fits the profile of a number of Snowflakes authors — a college professor (Fairfield University in Connecticut) who writes during his off-time. And he apparently travels in fast literary company, because he has recommendations from a couple of other authors with bonafide bestsellers to their credit — Wally Lamb (“She’s Come Undone” and Jacqueline Mitchard (“The Deep End of the Ocean.”).
“THE HOLDOUTS,” BY SHERRY CLEMENTS
Sherry Clements, our other featured writer this week, has done some cross-country traveling of her own. A native of Arkansas, she attended college both in Oregon and Vermont.
A description of her novel, “The Holdouts,” promises a full cast of colorful characters:
“Martha lives in working class Arkansas of the late sixties and early seventies. Her father is a proud and brutal man who can’t always get enough work to keep pinto beans on the table. Her mother, Pixie, in the most creative moment of life, slips into her wedding dress, marches to the local storefront fundamentalist church and marries Jesus. The only redeeming thing about the church for Martha is that the middle Spoon daughter is also forced to attend, and she’s the toughest outlaw girl in town. Martha finds temporary respite through her friendship with Spoon and her strong independent grandmother. Girlfriends, however, get boyfriends and grandmothers get old, but the holdouts survive.”
FIRST TUESDAY REPLAY.
This month we’ll revisit “A Reaper Made,” by Liz Long; “Gap Year Girl,” by Marianne Bohr; “Road Gang,” by H.V. Traywick; “Sophia’s Web,” by Burl and Mary Hall; “Two Ways to Sunday,” by Tom Starita and “Looking for Lydia, Looking for God,” by Dean Robertson.
SPEAKING OF DEAN ROBERTSON ….
She is willing to review your book — in depth and at no charge. Really.