Pam. The action in Chris Harding Thornton’s debut novel titled, Pickard County Atlas, takes places over the course of six days in 1978 in Nebraska. We meet an intriguing cast of characters, the most compelling of which for me was Pam, who struggles with the constraints of being a spouse and a mother and wants to escape. There’s intensity to the plot, specificity in the setting, and complexity in the characters. I was thoroughly entertained by Thornton’s finely written prose.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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