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Purvis, Mississippi, 1974: Willem Fremont has just returned to his childhood hometown to come to grips with his past. He has spent his adult life held tight inside the clenched fist of panic disorder the stagnation produced by making too many wrong decisions was more paralyzing than a whole case of Jim Beam.
Determined that a trip back to the family farm will help him confront his unhappy upbringing, Willem is stunned to find his father's beloved acreage so much land, such a great big house in the hands of Eilene Till and her two grown sons. There's the plump and perennially unemployed Sonny, building a shrimp boat in the Tills' landlocked backyard, and Bruno, a disabled Vietnam vet, who escapes into his stash of old National Geographics while his wife, Leah, seeks a small measure of comfort in the day-to-day tending of their farm. How Willem navigates through these unsettled lives to find love and reconciliation in his own is at the heart of this compassionate portrait of small-town America that celebrates the unusual, embraces the unwanted, and opens its arms to all lost souls in search of a home.
|Publisher:||Washington Square Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Melinda Haynes lives with her husband, Ray, on a barrier island along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She is the author of two novels: Mother of Pearl and Chalktown.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this book a joy to read. Original characters that pop off the page and sit down and have coffee. Now retired and in his twilight years, Willem Fremont hasn¿t been back to his home town of Purvis, Mississippi since he left at age nineteen. Certain he will find answers there, he journeys back in search of the source of his panic attacks. What unfolds is a finally crafted quilt of the interrelated lives of family and friends in all their heartwarming, hilarious glory. Set in the 70s, it brings together many of the social and political problems and puts a human face on them. I promise there will be at least one moment you¿ll chuckle and say, 'This writer¿s been to my house!'
I read this several years ago and it is one of my very favorite reads. The author is an excellent and entertaining author. She describes well and makes the characters and the locations come alive. A beautiful, sensitive and often humorous story.
Willem's Field is a wonderfully written novel--moving and lyrical, with memorable characters, surprisingly funny moments, and a page-turning pace. I loved it. Highly recommended.