America America is a great read but a worrisome think, if
I may coin a phrase. Ethan Canin writes in the storytelling tradition of Richard
Russo: a slow, detailed, fully realized, and gratifying portrait of small-town
America. Yet his uncritical, almost adoring tale of wealth and power
bothered me, and I wondered why this novel is being promoted so heavily at this
moment in time.
The novel is masterfully plotted. Canin takes a linear storythe rise and fall of a powerful familyand twists it into a mobius strip. He immerses his reader in the past, but then continually interrupts that immersion, returning to the present moment of narration in order to give a retrospective viewpoint. This allows him to draw out a familiar story, making the reader feel like an insider because of how much she knows without being told. It also allows him to fold two ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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