Thursday, April 4, 2019


Inheritance. A New England bowling alley turns out to be the perfect place to discover identity. In her novel titled, Bowlaway, Elizabeth McCracken takes readers into a bowling alley and its resident owners and patrons across multiple generations. The inheritance of the bowling alley depends on identity. Protagonist Bertha Truitt may be the most fully formed of the large cast of characters in the novel, and she will come to life for most readers as she brooks no question or objection about her abilities as a woman to do as she pleases. McCracken goes wild in this novel, and readers are enriched as a result, thanks to her fine writing. I had to look up many words while reading this novel because McCracken uses terminology suited to each time period we visit. I also had to learn what candlepin bowling is and saw that it’s available in Chicago. Readers whose taste leans toward the quirky are those most likely to enjoy this novel. Treat your wild side with this novel and leave behind no regrets. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Bowlaway from

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