For those who haven't had the pleasure of meeting Leaphorn, do give this book a try. Although Tony Hillerman's writing style is spare, he manages to create memorable characters and interesting stories. I plan to read all of his books.
This is the next to the last book in the Tales of the City series. I was lucky enough to see the serialized TV version of the first three books and this book does not disappoint. I loved catching up on "Mouse" and what he had gone through during the intervening years.
McCollough brings history alive through the characters he writes about, the lives they live and the events they encounter during this amazing time in history. I learned so much, and enjoyed every minute. My only regret was when the book came to an end.
I love the way she builds this story of two eras: the Charleston Literary Renaissance in the 20s and 30s, and the story of the modern-day woman who lost everything and then found it in a whole new form.
I really enjoyed spending time with Eva and felt her pain as she told her story. She's a great lady who deserved much better than she got after her husband died. Their love and the life they shared makes for a great love story.
Although I read this many years ago, I remember well that it struck me there was no one else who described the empty space in a soul as well as Joan Didion. We understand a character more through what is not said than what is.