Monday, February 15, 2010

A good book and a good movie

Read it: Bloodroot by Amy Greene

Amy Greene's debut novel is a captivating story about a cursed family in the mountains of East Tennessee. It took me a while to get into this book (there are several narrators), but after about 50 pages I was hooked. Add this one to your list.

The synopsis:
Named for a flower whose blood-red sap possesses the power both to heal and poison, Bloodroot is a stunning fiction debut about the legacies—of magic and madness, faith and secrets, passion and loss—that haunt one family across the generations, from the Great Depression to today.

The novel is told in a kaleidoscope of seamlessly woven voices and centers around an incendiary romance that consumes everyone in its path: Myra Lamb, a wild young girl with mysterious, haint blue eyes who grows up on remote Bloodroot Mountain; her grandmother Byrdie Lamb, who protects Myra fiercely and passes down “the touch” that bewitches people and animals alike; the neighbor boy who longs for Myra yet is destined never to have her; the twin children Myra is forced to abandon but who never forget their mother’s deep love; and John Odom, the man who tries to tame Myra and meets with shocking, violent disaster. Against the backdrop of a beautiful but often unforgiving country, these lives come together—only to be torn apart—as a dark, riveting mystery unfolds.

With grace and unflinching verisimilitude, Amy Greene brings her native Appalachia—and the faith and fury of its people—to rich and vivid life. Here is a spellbinding tour de force that announces a dazzlingly fresh, natural-born storyteller in our midst.

Watch it: The Young Victoria

Check out this movie if it's playing near you. Emily Blunt is fabulous as the young queen, and Rupert Friend makes a rather dreamy Prince Albert.


Stephanie said...

I don't know. I'm kind of mad at Emily Blunt for stealing John Krasinski from me.

Leah said...

I think we should go see Hot Tub Time Machine next.

Kaye Prince said...

Oh, I so want to see Young Victoria! It just looks fabulous, and I can tell it's one of those movies that will make me smile!

Tracey Jacobsen said...

I was just at B&N, and had no idea what book to get... thanks!

I really like Emily Blunt. I'll add that to my Netflix soon. :)

ilovebabyquilts said...

A "shocking, violent disaster"? That doesn't sound like fun! One or the other, okay, but both??? LOL