Monday, October 3, 2011
South of Superior
The story revolves around two elderly sisters who have lived their entire lives in a small U.P. community, quite similar to Grand Marais. One sister has had some serious health complications so the sisters have hired a younger, thirty-something woman from Chicago as a live-in caretaker. This third woman has family ties to the area but has never before been to the U.P. Though the novel stays closest to this younger woman's point of view, it is in many ways as much a story of the entire community as it is about her.
One of the strengths is the sense of balance in this book. The characters are all flawed, all make grievous mistakes. Almost all have something likeable about them as well. The pacing of events is just right. The descriptions-- beautifully written. The balance of story and character and setting--dead-on.
EM - Reference desk