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The School on Heart's Content Road

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Since her astonishing debut, "The Beans of Egypt, Maine," best-selling novelist Carolyn Chute has been heralded as a passionate voice of the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
Jamaican

Authentic voice

by Jamaican on Sep 10, 2009

For fans of Carolyn Chute, this book further broadens the community of Egypt ME - away from the tourist haunts of the coast - with its amazing cast of characters and the complicated intertwining of dependence, hope and mistrust that ties them together. I recommend that a first time reader of Chute's work begin with "The Beans of Eygpt, Maine" or "Letourneau's Used Auto Parts" before reading this book, if only as an introduction to the community. "School on Hearts Content Road" is a worthy effort by Chute and comes very close to her grand book "Merry Men". Chute's ability as a story teller and the authenticity of her voice is in evidence in this fine book. I rate this book as 4 stars only because I felt let down by her final resolution. "School" is an ambitious book that builds characters and drama to a fevered pitch, only to fly out of control leaving the author with a conclusion that has the finality of pick-up sticks. Fans of Chute's work will enjoy this book despite the conclusion. Perhaps it is our job as readers to work with the author in creating a more suitable ending to the chaos of the final pages; or perhaps this is Chute's ultimate message.

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