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"Like a contemporary Winesburg, Ohio, Susan Woodring's Goliath brings small town life beautifully, achingly alive. Sprinkled with marching bands, baseball, and parades, and a cast of southern characters who will charm the pants off you, Goliath is a memorable novel, written in a new memorable voice."—Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle
"Goliath is a careful, contemplative study of the rhythms of collective grief. Woodring's sense of the constraints and hard-earned pleasures of home rings as true and pure as a train whistle in the night."—Michael Parker, author of The Watery Part of the World
"Woodring's writing is so clear and moving that the reader often feels, as she says of about one of her characters, as if 'the world had been sucked clear of true sound.' This beautiful portrait of a place and its people, rendered so quietly and intimately, shuts out the world outside its pages as you read. Only the best novels can make you forget yourself as reader. Goliath is the kind of book you don't want to put down or to end."--Brad Watson, author of The Heaven of Mercury
"Goliath is a beautiful and quietly moving story of love, grief, forgiveness and redemption — heady themes handled here with a big heart and a deft hand. In prose exquisitely clear and with details that will make your heart ache, Susan Woodring has written a meaningful portrait of small town life, and what it means to move through grief toward love."--Bret Lott, author of Ancient HighwayUltimately a novel about a town that takes on a life of its own, Woodring’s latest is melodious, deliberate, surprising, and full of those essential little moments that make up entire lifetimes. Readers who enjoy sinking into the layered details of small-town life should enjoy this rich portrait." -- Julie Trevelyan of Booklist
SUSAN WOODRING grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her previous publications are a first novel, The Traveling Disease, and Springtime On Mars: Stories. She has been published in Passages North and a variety of other literary publications. She won the 2006 Isotope Editor's Prize, has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, and was a notable mention in Best American Short Stories 2010.
Lots of fresh description of a particular area of the South and very good insight into people's behaviors.
Rosamond, the main character, is what all good characters should be: believable, identifiable and mysterious enough to keep you turning the pages.
These are rarely happy individuals but they do their best each day to deal with the hands that life has dealt them.
This book makes Angela's Ashes look like party city. I can't remember when I've read a story this depressing. I kept plodding on, hoping it would get better, but it never did.Published 13 months ago by Valentine
Had to plod through this book as I didn't feel as though the reviews that I read before ordering fairly described the narrative. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Daniel B. Hall
I LOVED this book. Perhaps it was because I grew up in another Goliath and it so completely captured the feel of living in a small town. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by Laurie Lanning
I purchased Goliath because it was written by an author from my home state and I've generally found North Carolina writers to be quite entertaining. Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Linda Kirkpatrick
I have mixed thoughts about this book, it was a slow, calm read but yet it gave a lot of details about the town of Goliath and how one event can trigger or seem to set off other... Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Live Outside