Lick Creek

Lick Creek

by Brad Kessler


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Lick Creek 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
countrylife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a child, Joseph had caught his father's passion for tinkering and electricity. But father had to leave home to find work in America. Joseph eventually follows him there, but finds his father broken in spirit, the immigrant experience having beaten him. The time is right, though, for Joseph. In mountainous, rural Falls County, West Virginia, Emily Jenkins lives with her mother in a poor mining community. Mad at the world, Emily meets Joseph when he is working on the rural electrification project nearby. I wasn't crazy about this story. Parts of it were ok; but some parts elicited 'good grief's. Except for Joseph, I didn't like the characters; they didn't feel real. The setting, however, was beautifully written. It seemed like a great premise for a story, but the execution didn't grab me.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emily Jenkins lives in a home with her mother on Lick Creek in West Virginia. Her father and brother had died in the mines. Her mother was in the depths of despair. Now electricity is coming to the area. The surveyors mark the route the line is to take, but it comes too close to her home for Emily's taste. She altered the route. One day one of the workers falls from a pole near the house and is severely injured. Emily's mom Ada takes the man into her home, regaining a purpose in her life. It brings other changes as well. This is a beautiful novel with realistic characters and rich images of the landscape and events.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The lyricism in Brad Kessler's first novel is a joy to read. The writer invokes all the senses, imbuing his work with an electrifying realism. The reader is right there - immersed in seeing, touching, hearing, feeling, even 'smelling' the action. It is a very wise book with a cosmic view of life. Kessler's lush,descriptive writing crackles with energy, revealing a love of environment and music, and much more. A gorgeous book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lick Creek is a rich mixture of love, electricity and life poetically told by one practiced in the art of alchemy. The story is woven with such vivid and etherial description, I finished the novel feeling as though I had just watched it on the sliver screen. Although comparisons are never quite fair, Kessler's style brings to mind shades of Robert Penn Warren, Cormac McCarthy, Michael Ontaatje and Alan Lightman. His descriptive metaphor bring all five senses into the reading of this novel. A sensuous treat. The characters step off the page with a realism that is nearly tactile. Though the setting of the action is cheifly the 'hollows' of rural West Virginia during the electrification of the US, the novel also takes you along wonderfully descriptive tours of select ethnic settings including New York and Russia. As you can tell, I really liked this book. Give it a lick . . . . I think you will find it tasty.