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April 19, 2007

Take another chance on the prairies

I’m starting to read The Horseman’s Graves today and I’m feeling nervous, which you might understand if you’re aware of the problems I’ve had with prairie fiction. Prairie fiction makes me absolutely crazy.

However I was somewhat reassured by this (rave) review of the book from The Globe this past weekend. Particularly by this bit: “Though the geographical, cultural and temporal setting of The Horseman’s Graves might generate comparisons to early 20th-century practitioners of “prairie realism,” Baker displays little of their inclination to romance, nor does she set up the prairie landscape and community to represent oppressive forces to be succumbed to or transcended. Her judicious plotting avoids parable and object lesson, and insists that the story of these people in this place is worth telling for its own sake.”

I do hope so. And I suspect my long-suffering husband hopes so too.

One thought on “Take another chance on the prairies”

  1. hip_ragdoll says:

    I am looking forward to reading this book as well. I started it and quite liked the first sentence, which is the true test of any book, I think. Maybe when we’re both done we should do a back and forth on our two blogs. LOL.

    Although I have to admit that I do not share your frustration with the genre…

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