Private Altars

Private Altars

by Katherine Mosby


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ISBN-13: 9780425171264
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2000
Pages: 331
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.89(d)

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Luanne Rice

An astonishing novel, filled with language as evocative and precise as poetry. With enormous wit and tenderness, [the author] has created a true Southern original, one of the most passionate and eccentric characters you'll come across in quite some time. Katherine has that rare quality in a novelist: the ability to make you smile even as she's breaking your heart.

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turtlesleap on LibraryThing 10 months ago
In the early 1920's, a young woman from New York, well born and intellectually gifted, falls in love with and marries a young man from rural West Virginia. She accompanies him to his family home but the relationship quickly unravels, leaving her with two young children to raise alone. Essentially, the story is of the dissonance between this young family with liberal views and considerable intellectual accomplishment and the rural, fundamentalist and often bigoted community in which they dwell. Mosby's voice is lyrical and poignant with a gift for evocative detail that makes the story live. Dramatic shifts in point of view as the narrative unfolds can sometimes be a little unsettlling but this one is worth reading simply for its use of the language.