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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Virginia Lovers by Michael Parker

I so enjoyed Michael Parker's book If You Want Me To Stay that I have had his other novels on my "must read" list since then.

If You Want Me To Stay was one of the most amazing novels I read and was my favorite for 2007. I think I failed to mention, two years ago, that Michael Parker is a native of NC. A professor (at the time) at UNC-Greensboro. Unbelievable writer and this novel ranks up there and compares, in the most favorable way, as If You Want Me To Stay.

The protagonists are three men: Charles and his sons Pete and Daniel. Caroline, the wife and mother, is here but she does not narrate so we don't get to know her so well as we get to know Charles, Pete and Daniel.

And Parker really lets us know these men well. We know what they think, even though what they say is not the same. We know that they want to speak, SCREAM, reach out, even though they remain silent.

It's powerful. The life of the Edgecombs, in the small town of Trent, North Carolina. It's pretty cool to read a novel with mentions of Raleigh, and the area around me that I am familiar with.

I don't know what took me so long to pick up another novel by this amazing author. He is definitely one of my favorites of all time.

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