The Road Unsalted: A Novel of Carding, Vermont

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Will Carding Academy Live or Die?

by Little Crow

Everyone in Carding, Vermont is abuzz about our town meeting and the vote on our ancient roads. It's no exaggeration to say that your aye or nay will be the most important in the town's whole history. Depending on how the vote goes, it could change our town forever.

Will Edie Wolfe, the ...

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Overview

New Post on Carding Chronicle Blog

Will Carding Academy Live or Die?

by Little Crow

Everyone in Carding, Vermont is abuzz about our town meeting and the vote on our ancient roads. It's no exaggeration to say that your aye or nay will be the most important in the town's whole history. Depending on how the vote goes, it could change our town forever.

Will Edie Wolfe, the executive director of the Carding Academy of Traditional Arts, save the most renowned school of its kind in the country, the place that draws artists from all over the world to the Corvus River Valley? Or will Harry Brown with his promise of good jobs and his threat to build hundreds of condos on our hills prevail?

There's a rumor going around that Harry will fire anyone working for Brown & Sons who goes against him. But there's just as much feeling that Harry's real target is Edie, the woman who dared to leave him so many years ago.

And poor Peter Foster doesn't know where to turn. Harry expects him to keep the crew of Brown & Sons in line. The woman he loves thinks he's a traitor. And he's not sure he wants to know what his wife just got in the mail from Cherries Jubilee.

Make sure you show up so you know how it all turns out!

I'll be looking for you.

Post by Little Crow | Today | Local News

A novel of Carding, Vermont, The Road Unsalted is a humorous and heartwarming tale of how an idyllic Green Mountain community is thrown into upheaval as it struggles to preserve its distinctive identity.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780979004681
  • Publisher: Full Circle Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/14/2013
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 1,508,483
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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    If you live in a small town, the dynamics of Sonja Hakala┬┐s nove

    If you live in a small town, the dynamics of Sonja Hakala’s novel The Road Unsalted will be familiar to you. If you live in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire, as I do, this story may feel like walking into a page of your own life. Hakala sets her tale in the fictional town of Carding, Vermont, but locates Carding in the Upper Valley region. Real life artists and locations pepper the story that has all the right elements including: small town politics, romance and scandal, and the warmth of family and friends found in such a tight-knit communities. At times I found myself laughing at the familiarity of it all, and at other times I was downright touched. Take for instance the scene where the friends of one of the main characters, Ted Owens, gather on the ski slopes to help him confront a painful memory. The characters ring true if a few, such as Lisa and Alli-O, are deliciously over the top. There are even a few scenes from the point of view of a dog, Nearly, a tribute to Hakala’s own dog Goldie. Nearly offers an unique perspective that dog lovers will enjoy. Hakala manages to use all these devices without seeming silly or diminishing the pace of the narrative. The novel is also peppered with lyrical description: “To the north of the green, the land swooped down to Half-Moon Lake, a big fat puddle that filled a hole craved out by the Corvus River. At the head of the lake, a thirty-foot bluff jutted out over the water, a great knobbly knee of granite that has resisted the river’s erosion for time out of mind.

    The story has real heart as illustrated by the relationship between Suzanne and her Uncle Ted, but characters such as Edie Wolfe and her dog Nearly will long linger in my mind. The storyline – whether the Carding Academy of Traditional Arts will be forced to leave town as a result of a political debate over ancient roads – is entertaining, but it is the small town intrigue and wonderfully written characters that keep me reading and eager to return to Carding once again in the future.

    Please note: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for an unbiased review. The opinions are my own.

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