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Bonnie Jo Campbell, the multifaceted author of Q Road, has scaled the Swiss Alps on a bike, traveled with the circus, and led adventure tours through Russia. Now, in her heartwarming and humorous first novel, she shares carefully gleaned insights into human nature through the lives of the unconventional residents of Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
Life on the eponymous Q Road revolves around George Harland and his working farm. An industrious man with a genuine soul, George fears he will lose the land that his been in his family for generations, like the long-banished Native Americans, the original inhabitants of the homestead now entrusted to him. His young bride, Rachel, feels an almost overwhelming connection to her husband and the land yet is hiding dark secrets from her past. But it is the couple's unlikely friendship with a neglected neighborhood boy that sparks a tragic event serving as a catalyst for the entire community.
In her lucidly written novel, Campbell's close-knit cast is held together by a tumultuous historical thread. This long and tangled skein encompasses a young girl's suicide, a struggling community whose members depend on each other for survival, a schoolteacher ruthlessly cast from her home, and a tornado that nearly destroys them all. Much like the wooly bear caterpillars that open the novel by crossing a road in the process of transformation, the people of Q Road are heading for a day that will change the future for them all. (Fall 2002 Selection)