From Publishers Weekly-Other reviews on Amazon were positive but not many. I guess to each his own.
At the heart of this intriguing but flawed, apocalyptic novel are Diana "Andy" Calhoun and her troubled young daughter. A refugee from a violently abusive marriage, Andy joins her stodgy college pal Tish in Pemberton, an exclusive, blue-blood, Southern community where everyone talks nonstop about guns, dogs, horses and hunting, but almost no one mentions the looming presence of Big Silver, the nuclear arms plant tucked into the woods. Despite her initial distaste for this lifestyle, Andy, "a squatty little Greek" who stands out like a sore thumb at patrician gatherings, is drawn into the polo-playing elite. She falls from grace when her overwhelming attraction to Tom Dabney, Pemberton's wild-eyed native son who has made the forest primeval his home, speculacularly ignites. When the arcane rites Tom practices can't save his beloved woodland from the nuclear destruction leaching from Big Silver, he wages war against his neighbors. Passion, dark atmosphere and vivid imagination color this dramatic narrative, but Siddons's (Peachtree Road) poetic prose is often overblown and it's hard to care about many of her wealthy, self-absorbed, essentially dull characters.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
King's Oak by Siddons
I have read a few books by Anne Rivers Siddons and thouroughly enjoyed them. Off Season and Colony were two of my favorites. King's Oak was a disappointment however. There were too many major events in the lives of the characters with themes that could have been a novel all on their own and I felt none of them were explored as fully as they should have been. I guess I was not the only one to feel this way since I found the following review from Publishers Weekly.