Monday, May 28, 2012
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield
Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer here in the US, and summer reading lists are everywhere. If you happen to be making one this weekend, be sure to include The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield. It has what every reader wants - memorable characters, a plot that keeps you turning pages into the wee hours, and great writing. It also offers a healthy dose of down home comfort.
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake is, without a doubt, my favorite book so far this year. I've been trying to write a review for weeks, but all I seem to do is gush. Why is it that the more I like a book, the less articulate I become? For a real review, check out what Les has to say. Her post convinced me to read the book in the first place.
I downloaded the audio from audible.com and started listening in the car. After three and a half hours (which seemed like no time at all), I wanted to keep going. When a friend on twitter suggested I drive around in circles and I lamented over the price of gas, the author offered to send a print copy. That was on a Friday afternoon, and by Monday I had the book in my hands. For the next few days, I was totally immersed in The Homecoming of Samuel Lake - reading at home and listening in the car. From the indomitable Swan Lake, to her big-hearted Uncle Toy and the villainous Ras Ballenger (who literally sent chills down my spine), the characters became part of my life. When the book ended, I missed them for days and, to be perfectly honest, still miss them now. The good news is that the author will begin work on a screenplay soon!
For audiobook fans, this production is right up there with The Help on my list of all-time favorites. Catherine Taber is a fantastic reader and her southern accent makes this an amazing listening experience. You can listen to a sample here.
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake is truly a must read!