The Case of the Small-Town Murder

January 16th, 2006 · 1 Comment
by Booksquare

Garner by Kristen AllioWe just wanted to let you know that the Winter 2006 LitBlog Co-Op choice, Garner by Kristen Allio is available at Powell’s with a 30% discount. Be the first kid on your block to have your copy! How long has it been since you picked up a book that made time disappear? How long has it been since you read a book that resonated in your mind for weeks after?

While ostensibly a murder mystery — or maybe it’s a death mystery — Garner is also the story of a town on the edge of time:

In Garner, Allio pulled me into a small farming town in 1925 New Hampshire and didn’t let me go until she had finished telling me everything I needed to know about it. Her writing not only described the time period and area to the point where I could see it in my mind, but also captured the cadence and pace of said period and area. Her writing voice is amazingly consistent, especially when one considers the structure she utilizes to propel the story forward, switching narrators from section to section. This structure, while having a very modern feel to it, blends in seamlessly with the story Allio is telling.

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