Saturday, January 07, 2006
The Town That Forgot How to Breathe by Kenneth Harvey
The reviewer that described this novel as the love child of Stephen King and Annie Proulx was right on. It is a creepy tale set in New Foundland. The central character is a man on the brink of divorce, who brings his daughter to summer in a remote fisthing town. Ghosts, spirits of those buried at sea, raving locals - all can be found in the town of Bareneed. I had read a review of this book back in the summer that made it sound intriguing. Although it is not the sort of fiction I normally read, it was a good book to get lost in over the holiday break. I liked how in the end, Harvey suggests that these characters are all alive in his imagination as a result of stories his grandmother told him as a child.