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Driftless Paperback – May 5, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
I found myself investing a lot of emotion into this book. Once again I was trapped inside the pages and felt angry at the end when I was forced out. You become so close to the characters that they feel not only like family, but lifelong friends as well. You can touch each person's soul and know exactly where their hearts is and what thoughts fill their heads. You want to help them, scold them, hug them, and comfort them.
I was filled with every emotion while reading this book-ranging from joy to grief. I believe it has made me a better person. I'm looking at life differently, more open-minded and compassionate.
David Rhodes also wrote The Last Fair Deal Going Down, The Easter House, and Rock Island Line in the mid-seventies. I'm thankful he has reentered into the writing world. Hopefully the publication of this book signifies that there will be more in the future.
Armchair Interviews agrees.
This book really draws you into the interconnected lives of people of small town America. I moved from a small city to a large metropolitan area last year and was recently trying to explain to someone why I was still missing my former home. The central reason is because I felt safe and nurtured there. Not physically safe from crime but safe because of my emotional attachment to people. Everywhere I went I saw people I knew. When you drive to the grocery store in a small town people wave at you and you wave at them. I liked feeling connected to the human beings around me. I knew about their lives and they knew about mine and we cared about each other. Sure not everyone likes each other but you still feel for them and they for you because you know the good, bad and the ugly about each others lives. You know you have value in a small community and that's what you see in Driftless.
Predictably complex and certainly not your typical "everything ends up okay" story, David has done a great job of covering the political, social, and religious landscape with his cast of characters. In some ways David is representing his own life through this huge variety of characters: you have the music, you have the populism, the religion, the rebellion against authority, and you have the wheelchair. He needed this huge cast of characters in Driftless to tell the story of his community and his own place in it.
Driftless is an excellent read. For another shorter piece by David Rhodes read his December 25, 2008 "Wearing Feathers" in the New York Times opinion section.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great novel for long summer days. It captures the wide variety of characters in a Midwestern small town, with some surprising twists and turns that make it hard to put down.Published 2 days ago by Kerri
Beautifully written, it takes you from laughter to tears. The characters are so alive.Published 8 days ago by Mary De Wolf
I have been reading numerous books recently set in Wisconsin. This was a good read as well. Love reading about areas I have been.Published 24 days ago by WIConnie
In the spirit of "write what you know", David Rhodes knows a heck of a lot! His characters are genuine and interesting, his descriptions are complicated and ring... Read morePublished 1 month ago by mooie
Another great read from the mid west. I have been reading much of their literature, it is quite well done and interesting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by josephine briggs
being from a small town and raised on a farm, I could relate to a lot of things in the book-characters, relationships, community etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gale
A really good read and character study of many people in this small Wisconsin town. Well presented in every way. Reading it for a book club. I may not have chosen it on my own.Published 4 months ago by Myrna Retsky