Go With Me: A Novel Hardcover – 13 Mar 2008
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This unusual little gem of a book is part comic romp and part nail-biting thriller ... Castle Freeman writes with both wit and a deep understanding of the human psyche, and [he] does not cheat us out of a dramatic climax * Guardian * Freeman evokes a grimly lyrical tension ... [the] punchy narrative has a mythic dimension yet also incorporates pulp fiction, pop culture references, eccentric humour and memorable characters * Metro * --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Castle Freeman is the award-winning author of two previous novels, a story collection and a collection of essays. He has been the lead essayist for 'The Old Farmer s Almanac' since 1982, and lives in Newfane, Vermont. His previous books include 'My Life and Adventures', 'Judgement Hill' and 'The Bride of Ambrose'. His work has featured in an anthology of Best American Short Stories. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I loved this. It's small but prefectly formed. The observations are so acute that it's almost a poem.It's beautifully written and very easy to read as it's told largely through dialogue and there's wit and wisdom aplenty.And yet despite that it feels real, or if not real, like a world you wish was real. A world where every word is carefully chosen, every emotion perfectly felt.I've recently read All That I Have, which I also loved. If you haven't, then read this first as it is set in the same town and pre-dates that book, but if you have it doesn't really matter, like many of the books characters,this one stands way taller than its size might make you think. Highly recommended.
Set in the depressed backwoods of Vermont logging country over the course of a summer day, the story kicks off when the town sheriff discovers a haggard young woman asleep in her car outside his office. It seems a local thug named Blackway scared off her boyfriend, killed her cat, and is stalking her. Unfortunately, as the sheriff points out, there's not a whole lot he can do unless she has a witness to any of this -- which she doesn't. Unwilling to send her away emptyhanded, he suggests she go to the old sawmill, where a crippled old-timer sits court amidst a revolving cast of local men, playing cards, drinking beer, and generally passing the time. There, he suggests, she will find someone to go with her and talk to Blackway.
She does indeed find someone to go with her, but not the person the sheriff thinks. Instead, two locals -- a crafty old-timer and a dour young colossus -- agree to help her. The odd couple are entirely unlikely heroes, and as she travels with them to various motels and bars to track down Blackway, she grows increasingly uneasy about what she's gotten them into and their ability to emerge unscathed. Meanwhile, the story continually returns the reader to the sawmill, where the Greek chorus of local men discuss this and that, gradually filling in a newcomer on the lay of the land, and just what a sticky situation the young woman is in. The overall effect is of a slightly surreal, somewhat mythic confrontation, all deeply tinged in black humor and a rural noir sensibility reminiscent of Scott Wolvern's excellent short stories in Controlled Burn. Brilliant stuff worthy of multiple readings.
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