Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Review: The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton

This book started off slowly for me, but really picked up speed at the end.

Kevin and his family suddenly move to his grandfather's house in Appalachia in Kentucky after Kevin's brother dies. It's in the early days of mountaintop mining when it's destructiveness wasn't quite clear to everyone (although very plain to some.) Throughout the summer Kevin hangs out with Buzzy and helps his grandfather with his veterinarian practice. At the end of the summer, his grandfather takes Kevin and Buzzy on a fishing trip that will change everyone's lives.

 The book was very atmospheric and I liked the setting and the time (very early '80s). Kevin is a likable character and even though he's an outsider, he gets involved in the town quickly, mostly due to the very small size of the town and his grandfather's prominence as one of the few educated people in the area. Mr. Scotton did a great job of capturing the region and era, and also of recreating a bored, dusty summer in a way we can never have again thanks to cable TV, internet, and smart phones. At the end, I couldn't put the book down.

I checked this book out of the library.

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