Here's what I said on April 21, 2009 about this engaging novel. I'll just repeat it here:
Alexs D. Pate [Yes that's how his first name is spelled.] begins his wonderful novel, West of Rehoboth (New York: William Morrow, 2001] "The soft summer held them all." Just six little words encapsulates the entire novel. It does what all sentences are supposed to do: lead you to the next one.But I'm going to go further and quote the first two sentences:
But what is "them?" Dreams? People? Cups of coffee? We are intrigued. At least I was when I read it. You should read it too.
The soft summer held them all. They gently sat upon the shimmering flecks of sun hidden in the cut grass.The shimmering flecks of sun hid in the grass. They were in there, you just couldn't see them. Why did the flecks have to hide? What did they have to fear? It was a soft summer sun, but they had to hide. Hmm, threatening and comforting at the same time. Kind of gives you hint of things to come.
He goes further: "They came together like this every Fourth of July." A symbol of American independence and a celebration of our success as a nation. "It was a time when Lemon Hill Park was at its height of sweetness." Something foreboding in the air.
I'll stop. Read this most excellent book.
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