Locale. More than twenty years after writing award-winning Spartina, John Casey has returned to the fictional place and people he created in that novel and presents another book titled, Compass Rose. The protagonist of Spartina, fisherman Dick Pierce, returns in a background role, while the foreground contains three women who love him: his wife, May, his mistress, Elsie, and his daughter with Elsie, Rose. Casey excels at creating a setting that readers can see, smell and touch. His characters are bound to the setting in deep ways, and the place and the people merge and meld as their lives become interconnected. The characters are people that most readers can see as fully formed complex individuals, making choices that any of us would consider complicated. Casey’s writing is superb, and any reader who enjoys literary fiction is likely to appreciate this fine work.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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