The novel is told in a kaleidoscope of seamlessly woven voices and centers around an incendiary romance that consumes everyone in its path: Myra Lamb, a wild young girl with mysterious, haint blue eyes who grows up on remote Bloodroot Mountain; her grandmother Byrdie Lamb, who protects Myra fiercely and passes down “the touch” that bewitches people and animals alike; the neighbor boy who longs for Myra yet is destined never to have her; the twin children Myra is forced to abandon but who never forget their mother’s deep love; and John Odom, the man who tries to tame Myra and meets with shocking, violent disaster. Against the backdrop of a beautiful but often unforgiving country, these lives come together—only to be torn apart—as a dark, riveting mystery unfolds.
This insomniac's opinion:
Holy buckets, this was a depressing novel. But, also extraordinarily written. I felt as though I was truly in the novel, living in desperate poverty and facing a daily struggle. It was humbling. I was so immersed in the book at times, that it was almost a culture shock to raise my eyes up to my own middle-class suburban home. I felt so grateful for my cozy home and my pantry full of food.
The hardest thing about reading this novel was that every time a character starts to feel hopeful, another awful event happens and they are wrenched back into terrible conditions. I had to take a few breathers when reading so that I could catch my breath and continue.
In closing, this novel is not for everyone. However, it is wonderfully written and is well worth the read.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Yes! Bonus: You'll feel super grateful for all that you have after reading this novel.