The Mercy Seatby Rilla Askew
Few first novels garner the kind of powerful praise awarded this epic story that takes place on the dusty, remorseless Oklahoma frontier, where two brothers are deadlocked in a furious rivalry. Fayette is an enterprising schemer hoping to cash in on his brother's talents as a gunsmith. John, determined not to repeat the crime that forced both families to flee their Kentucky homes, doggedly follows his tenacious brother west, while he watches his own family disintegrate.
Wondrously told through the wary eyes of John's ten-year-old daughter, Mattie, whose gift of premonition proves to be both a blessing and a curse, The Mercy Seat resounds with the rhythms of the Old Testament even as it explores the mysteries of the Native American spirit world. Sharing Faulkner's understanding of the inescapable pull of family and history, and Cormac McCarthy's appreciation of the stark beauty of the American wilderness, Rilla Askew imbues this momentous work with her tremendous energy and emotional range. It is an extraordinary novel from a prodigious new talent.
- Strange Business, a collection of linked stories that won the 1993 Oklahoma Book Award, is available from Penguin.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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Rilla Askew is the author of Strange Business, a collection of stories, and of the novel The Mercy Seat, nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Award and winner of the Western Heritage Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. She divides her time between the San Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma and upstate New York.
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I'm not even halfway through the book yet and it's already hard to stick with the story. Rilla writes excessively about each and every little detail. Come On!! She took almost a whole page just to describe Matties face! The story will not flow because of her excessiveness. She goes off on some tangent about some minor detail of the story and spends several paragraphs describing this un-important detail and thus interrupts the flow of the book. This was supposedly touted as one of the best books of the year. Hardly! I guess Rilla thinks that the more words you write, the better the story. She takes so long to get where she wants to go with the story. I'll stick this one out since I paid for the book but never again will I buy a novel of hers.
Hands down the worst book I have ever read! I pity anyone who has spent money on it. No direction. Longwinded. This could have been an interesting story, to bad it was so poorly written.
Couldn't sustain interest in this book. Save your money and time.
The author is wonderful. She has you immediately interested in her characters. Descriptions of people and scenery are some of the best I've read. Full of truth about that period in history.