book review: cataloochee

When I was in my early twenties living in southwest Virginia, there was a skirmish at the restaurant where I was working. One of the people involved pressed charges, and I was called to the sheriff’s court as a witness. A remarkable case was presented before ours. Two branches of a family who had lived…

book review: intimate death

I have been meaning to review this book for several weeks and never got round to it and then just forgot. But this article in today's Guardian provided a good prompt, and as I'm off work this week with labyrinthitis, I actually have time to think and write. A mixed blessing, to be sure, but a blessing nonetheless. When…

book review: the dovekeepers

If any among us who reside in this stronghold paused for a moment to tear the blindfold of faith from our eyes, we would see how perilous our perch was, how shattering a fall it would be. If we lost our faith, we would become like the clouds that swell across the western sky when…