I don't even remember where it was that I found a recommendation for this book. It intrigued me, so I requested it from the library. When it came in so quickly, I decided to bump it ahead of the other so-many-books-on-my-nightstand-that-they-look-like-a-replica-of-the-leaning-tower-of-piza. I was excited to get started. The little caption on the front of the book reads
"Astonishing, complex, beautifully written, and brilliant." A credit to Sara Guren, author of Water for Elephants
(which I also have not read). Here's the thing, though. I'm putting it down, and have decided not to finish it. I was intrigued by the
WISCONSIN. FALL. 1907.
I also loved the personal advertisement in the newspaper:
COUNTRY BUSINESSMAN SEEKS
COMPELLED BY PRACTICAL,
NOT ROMANTIC REASONS.
REPLY BY LETTER.
RALPH TRUITT, TRUITT WISCONSIN.
DISCREET.But after reading almost half of the story, I have yet to find any content that is endearing or even pleasant to me. The deeper into the story I read, I felt like I was wading deeper into something dark and sinister; not at all what I expected. I can't recommend it. I actually agree with Sara Gruen for the most part. It is rather astonishing, but not in a good way. It's definitely complex [I found it a tad depressing] and the writing is beautiful; just that the content is not. As for the brilliant part? I guess I'll never know. But I WILL recommend a book that I enjoyed much more than this one: The Magic of Ordinary Days, by Ann Howard Creel. This is a far more satisfying tale of an arranged marriage. If you've read the other and have something good to say about it, do tell.