Taut. John Burnham Schwartz reprises characters from his earlier novel, Reservation Road, and picks up the story twelve years later in his new book, Northwest Corner. Those readers with a bias against sequels may want to suspend that reaction and consider reading this finely written novel. Schwartz excels in three ways: his poetic and descriptive language is taut and often beautiful; the characters are deeply developed and relationships are both troubled and true; and the plot provides more satisfaction than many literary novels in telling a story that readers want to see resolved. Readers need not have read the earlier novel to enjoy this one.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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