by Martha McCarty
Originating on Five Island Lake, this collection revisits America in the seemingly-idyllic time between World War II and the war in Vietnam. In the opening story, a troubled playmate sets the narrators brother on fire with a lighted match and lawnmower gas and all that seems a fairy-tale collides with reality. Twelve linked stories then unfold against the blissful summers and brittle winters of a northern landscape that is as contradictory as the heart. Told in vivid language and sensory detail. A Prospero's Bookstore Selection published by Spartan Press 2007.