Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Book Talk: The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

"After seeing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, fourteen-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin's grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky."

This was a very atmospheric novel. I felt like I was right there in the Appalachian town of Medgar. Since I live in this region of the US, I could relate to so many things going on in the book. The characters and their quirks, the dialect, and the way of life in a small town. The characters were very well developed and every thought and emotion felt authentic. I was engrossed in the story until I was about 2/3 of the way in. Then the descriptions were too drawn out and filled with way too many details. Frankly, I got bored and started skimming through quite a bit of the pages. The story did pick back up, but just for a moment. It seemed the conclusion happened before the end of the book, and I had no desire to even finish reading the last few chapters. Overall, this was an excellent story line with well thought out characters. But in my opinion, the author didn't structure the book in a way to keep a reader going to the end. Still, it was a good debut novel for Scotton and I would pick up another book by this author in the future. 3/5 stars.

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