The Writing on the Wall: A Novelby W. D. Wetherell
When Vera decides to travel to an old house in the New England countryside for a month-long escape from some devastating news about her daughter, Cassie, she has no idea her life is about to change forever. It begins innocently enough—peeling the old wallpaper from the walls as a favor to the house’s owner. What she discovers… See more details below
When Vera decides to travel to an old house in the New England countryside for a month-long escape from some devastating news about her daughter, Cassie, she has no idea her life is about to change forever. It begins innocently enough—peeling the old wallpaper from the walls as a favor to the house’s owner. What she discovers underneath—written in India ink on the very walls of the house by a woman named Beth, in 1919—is the beginning of the reader’s unsettling crossing into the unknown world underneath the paper.
The Writing on the Wall is a brilliantly realized journey into the connected lives of three women whose stories span a century, linked by the house they all briefly inhabit, and by the tragedies they've had to endure. And it's not just their own stories that reveal themselves. A brilliant schoolteacher, back from the war in the trenches, finds the pupils of his dreams. A young Vietnam draftee makes a stubbornly quirky separate peace. The moody, dangerously charismatic leader of a commune becomes the unlikeliest of heroes. An “ordinary” housewife's lonely battle propels her onto the national stage. A girl sent to Iraq tries making sense of the chaos and the pain.
The Writing on the Wall is about stories that can't be told, but must be told—about secrets that can't be shared, but must be shared—and the surprising ways people find to confront the truth.
D. Wetherell is a fearless acrobat with words and narrative structures. His work, filled with humor, warmth and wisdom, asks us to re-examine our recent history.”
- Arcade Publishing
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Meet the Author
D. Wetherell's six novels include Chekhov's
Sister, The Wisest Man in America, and A
Century of November; among his four story collections are The Man Who Loved Levittown and Hills like White Hills. An essayist as well as a novelist, his non-fiction books include Yellowstone Autumn, Soccer
Dad, and, most recently, On
Admiration. The winner of many awards for his writing, he lives in the hills of rural New England.
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How have I missed this author? And why is Writing on the Wall not on the best seller's list? Wetherell is a truly great writer with great imagination in his latest narrative of a woman who heads to northern Maine for a month. Wetherell does a fine job of creating a quiet story while at the same time holding the reader in suspense for much of the book's pages.Three characters are well-developed as Vera keeps herself occupied by stripping wallpaper. In the hands of Wetherell, wall-paper stripping becomes an art, believe or not and a wonderful vehicle for telling Vera's story and the story of two other fascinating characters.Kudos to Wetherell. I will be reading him again!!