Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Excellent Lombards

Orchard. As I read Jane Hamilton’s novel, The Excellent Lombards, I felt like I was getting an inside view of two mysterious places: a Wisconsin farm and the mind of a young girl. Hamilton presents an enthusiastic protagonist, Mary Frances “Frankie” Lombard who loves the family orchard, and her extended family. Just as the apples go from blossom to fruit to harvest, Frankie goes from little girl to adolescent to adult. Calling this a coming-of-age novel may not communicate the quality and depth of the finely written prose. Hamilton brings readers to Wisconsin and welcomes us as members of this family, and that happens before we know it, thanks to her great writing skill. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Excellent Lombards from

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