In his complex, mystical debut novel, Frank Durham concocts a post-Edenic yarn set in a small laid-back town in central Louisiana. Lindy Caton, 42, divorces her itinerant preacher husband who slept with men and gets herself involved with three "half-crazy" old ladies in Acheron-Seelah, Adhah and Uhwa- raising a truck garden. The old ladies tell vivid Bible stories, while Lindy mulls over the fate of her mother, "Sunshine" Caton, who took off with a neighbor years before. Turns out the eldest old woman, Uhwa, is actually the biblical Eve who arrived with her sisters after an epic flood to live in modern Acheron. The sisters were rescued from the deluge by Cain, who has wandered the earth yearning to make peace with his mother over slaying his brother, Abel. Durham draws parallels between Sunshine's reckless flight to Wyoming and Cain's roving that help to inform Lindy's quest to understand the past. Cain's sections, however (particularly his overwrought quest for his mother's pardon), are told in a stilted prose that slows the story's pace and compromises its accessibility in an otherwise inventive first novel. (Oct.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Cain's Versionby Frank Durham
A stunning tale of imaginative, southern fiction that tells the story of a woman who moves to a quiet Louisiana town, only to be swept into the dramatic return of a son who after centuries of wandering the sea confronts his Mother over a boyhood act of cruelty.See more details below
A stunning tale of imaginative, southern fiction that tells the story of a woman who moves to a quiet Louisiana town, only to be swept into the dramatic return of a son who after centuries of wandering the sea confronts his Mother over a boyhood act of cruelty.
Frank Durham is a retired Tulane University physics professor who honed his writing as the Sewanee Writers conference. Invocation of the "singing of the story," and "the world beyond here and beside now" lends his debut novel the requisite mythical atmosphere, and an environmental jolt at the end adds relevance. One of "the tribe of tellers," Durham comes up with the occasional shot of undeniable truth ("You know how much like hope a dream can be.") And that's really all a reader can demand of an author.
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This is Frank Durham's first, and last, novel, written at the end of a long and fruitful life. Unlike most such valedictory efforts, it is emphatically not autobiographical, or if it is, it is done in the most oblique manner possible. A fascinating read. I couldn't put it down until it was done."
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