Front Porch Reading at Topsail Island

Posted: August 9, 2011 in Reading
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Foreground: Pelican under repair; Background: Front porch, where I repaired to read Ashes to Water.

On vacation at Topsail Island, June 4 – 8, I read Ashes to Water, the July-August selection for Richmond’s city-wide book club sponsored by River City Reads and Chop Suey Books. Whenever I read a mystery–which I don’t often do–I’m impressed by the intricacies of plot. What appealed to me more than the plot of Ashes to Water, though, was the novel’s sense of place. Like Irene Ziegler‘s short story collection Rules of the Lake, the novel’s prequel, Ashes to Water presents in vivid detail central Florida’s lake  country with its “grove[s] of knotty cypress knees” (274). I look forward to hearing Ziegler read from Ashes to Water on August 18.

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  1. Thanks, Jane! I appreciate your taking the time to blog about ASHES TO WATER. Very generous of you. And I look forward to meeting all my friends at River City Reads on August 18th!

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