Thursday, December 23, 2010

Literary Blog Hop: Wallflowers

Literary Blog Hop

The Blue Bookcase hosts a "Literary Blog Hop" for blogs "that primarily feature reviews of literary fiction, classic literature, and general literary discussion."

Each week, in addition to hopping around and visiting some terrific book blogs, participants answer a bookish question.  This week's question comes from Lisa at bibliophiliac:

What literary title (fiction or non-fiction) do you love that has been under-appreciated? We all know about the latest Dan Brown, and James Patterson isn't hurting for publicity. What quiet masterpiece do you want more readers to know?
There are plenty of books I've read that I think deserve a wider audience.  David Lodge's How Far Can You Go? (reviewed here), The Assistant by Bernard Malamud (reviewed here), and  Play It As It Laysby Joan Didion (reviewed here) are just three I can think of off the top of my head.

But if I had to choose one "quiet masterpiece" to champion, it would be The Road Home by Jim Harrison.  In general, Harrison is an under-appreciated American treasure, which he has made a career out of.  A good part of his memoir, Off to the Side, is his telling of his life on the fringes of literary society.

The Road Home is a sweeping, multi-generational story in "The Great American Novel" tradition.  Set in the sandhills of Nebraska, the book takes up where Harrison's prior novel, Dalva, left off, filling in the story of Dalva's family, the formidable Northridges.  There are pioneers, farmers, Indians, artists, lovers, and birdwatchers.  There is art, literature, food, wine, love, and death.  It is wonderful.

My Top 10 list will always include The Road Home.  I've read it twice, including reading it out loud to my husband on a long road trip. I will read it again, for sure.


  1. Not an author I've heard of, so thanks for the polite introduction, surely the real aim of this hop.

  2. Thanks for sharing. The Road Home sound very interesting. :)

  3. Yeah, this sounds great, I definitely will check it out!

  4. This is exactly the kind of book that I love. I've just added Road Home to my Amazon wishlist.

    Here's my post:

  5. I've just added this to my wishlist too, thanks!

  6. Adding this to my TBR pile! Thanks!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a wonderful time with them!

    Here is my Literary Blog Hop post!

  7. You have convinced me! Thanks for this post.

  8. Thanks for all the comments. Sorry for no individual responses -- Christmas swallowed me whole this weekend. But I plan to hop around in the next couple of days to see other answers.

  9. More great authors and books....loving it. I have visited your blog before, but not on this blog hop. Nice to be able to stop back.

    I am new to this blog hop...glad I found it.



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