Friday, April 19, 2019
A Sky for Us Alone, by Kristin Russell
The investigation of what Harlowe's brother was up to is nowhere near as interesting as the setting. Russell's nightmarish Appalachian landscape is everything we hear about the rural poor and the devastation of the population by drugs. But the writing shies away from the stereotypes. The vivid characters are nuanced and perfectly illustrate how even intolerable conditions can seem normal when they are all you've ever known. Russell obviously has a bittersweet love for the people who endure this life. The result is a haunting and realistic depiction of the place.