The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
Publication Date: September 2012
Categories: Mystery & Detective, History
In Black Water Rising, Attica Locke made one of the most stunning fiction debuts in recent memory. Now she returns with The Cutting Season, a riveting thriller that intertwines two murders separated by over a century.
- An African American narrator. That is too rare in my reading life.
- I love me some historical fiction, especially when it’s this good.
- Ooooh, twists and turns that I didn’t see coming!
- Social justice!
- Hmm, the ending. I’m not sure I could have done what Caren did. You’ll know what I mean when you get there.
- You WILL get there because you WILL read this book.
- A review with the author
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
- Reading about the war in Vietnam never gets old
- Learning about war photographers, especially female photographers, was fascinating
- Beautiful setting, complex characters
- More historical fiction, my fave!
- Violent and heartbreaking
- About the author
It is the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, recently back from the war in Europe, shows up in the town of Brownsburg, a sleepy village of a few hundred people, nestled in the Valley of Virginia. All he has with him are two suitcases: one contains his few possessions, including a fine set of butcher knives; the other is full of money. A lot of money.
Finding work at the local butcher shop, Charlie befriends the owner and his family, including the owner’s son, Sam, who he is soon treating as though he were his own flesh and blood. And it is through the shop that Charlie gradually meets all the townsfolk, including Boaty Glass, Brownsburg’s wealthiest citizen, and most significantly, Boaty’s beautiful teenage bride, Sylvan.
This last encounter sets in motion the events that give Goolrick’s powerful tale the stark, emotional impact that thrilled fans of his previous novel, A Reliable Wife. Charlie’s attraction to Sylvan Glass turns first to lust and then to a need to possess her, a need so basic it becomes an all-consuming passion that threatens to destroy everything and everyone in its path.
Told through the eyes of Sam, now an old man looking back on the events that changed his world forever, Heading Out to Wonderful is a suspenseful masterpiece, a haunting, heart-stopping novel of obsession and love gone terribly wrong in a place where once upon a time such things could happen.
- Fabulous book!
- Incredible foreshadowing..not the kind that hits you over the head, the kind that lets you know that something is going to happen
- The ending, the ending, OMG the ENDING!
- Run, don’t walk, to your local library and check out this book! Or you know, you could buy it. Steal it? I don’t care, just read it.
- About the author
- He has a memoir? I didn’t know that!!
Those are three books I can happily recommend. If I had to pick one out of the three? Heading Out to Wonderful.
23 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts On: The Cutting Season, The Lotus Eaters & Heading Out to Wonderful”
I had heard that \”The Lotus Eaters\” was a great book. The fall of Saigon was such a harrowing event. I think that reading accounts relating to it can be difficult.
Completely sold on Heading Out To Wonderful – loved the cover, and the story sounds great. I've been meaning to read The Lotus Eaters for a while but not got to it yet; surprised it's been so long since it was published.
I will definitely have to read Heading Out to Wonderful and The Cutting Season ASAP! Yep, I am totally a member of that Goolrick fangirl club. 😉 I will also have to read The Lotus Eaters – the photography aspect really intrigues me. I am a freelance photographer but being a photojournalist would be a dream.
It was a good read, very cool to read about the fall of Saigon from an American women's perspective.
I don't know how I missed The Lotus Eaters when it first came out. I suppose I can't read EVERY single book right away 😉 I kept hearing good things about The Forgetting Tree and figured I'd read her first novel before the new one. I'm glad I did.
Goolrick fangirl! Love that 😉 I was really intrigued with the photography aspect of The Lotus Eaters. After I read the book I did some reading on the real life women photographers in Vietnam. Brave women!
Love the quick thoughts! 🙂
Thanks dahling 😉
The Cutting Season and Heading out to Wonderf look really good. Not so sure about The Lotus Eaters. Vietnam is not my favorite time period to read about. I like your quick thoughts!Kendal
Thanks! Some books have been reviewed by so many people that I figured a few thoughts about each would suffice 🙂
I loved this post! I have Cutting Season on hold at the library so I was pleased to see how much you enjoyed it. I have checked out Lotus Eaters before but returned it unread, seems like that could have been a mistake!
I've got to get my hands on The Cutting Season. I have Heading Out to Wonderful. I need to pull that one out and push it up my list. Great reviews!
Thanks! If you like historical fiction you can't go wrong with The Lotus Eaters, for real!
Yes you do Alexis! It's a good and spooky read 🙂 Thanks so much!
My TBR list keeps getting longer!
Muahahahaha! My evil plan is working! 😉
I love reading books with a narrator looking back on his or her life. Library, introduce me to Heading Out to Wonderful, please. 🙂
I really liked The Lotus Eaters, as well. It was fascinating to read about the war from the perspective of a female journalist. But oh my goodness, reading about the devastation in Cambodia toward the end was so completely horrific and haunting!
Me too Lindsey, and this one was particularly good!
Oh I know! 😦 Awful! I've read a few books about that time in Cambodia recently. My favorite was First They Killed My Father. Incredibly powerful.
Added a couple to my reserved list!! Heading out to Wonderful….LOVE…and I total agree on the ending…Love the quick thought format for your reviews…I might have to borrow that so I can get caught up already on my reviews!! 🙂
Cutting Season = reservedThe Lotus Eater – reservedThanks for the recommendations!
Awesome Jen! When certain books have been reviewed by everyone I know I don't feel the need to go into any great depth but I still want to put my little thoughts out there 😀