Fiction Book Club Welcome to Higby by Mark Dunn Buy book: $10.65 The acclaimed author of "Ella Minnow Pea" brings the same charm and love of good language to this Robert Altman-esque comedy about the hilarious goings-on in a small town in northern Mississippi over Labor Day weekend.
I am looking forward to this book. It seems to just be about the residents of a small southern (I think it said southern) town. No AIDS cure, no killing, just plain, average people. This is my kind of story.
I read the first few lines of the first installment and thought, "Nah, I don't want to read this." Then I remembered Jan Karon and her Father Tim books. That kept me going and a few lines later, I was hooked. I'm looking forward to more laughter.
With names like Flora, Hank and Tula...topics like religion and details like creaming oleo...this is definately a southern book. I love Southern literature and this book seems benign and amusing but what's the deal? The author lives in Greenwich Village, New York! :)
Well, it was taking me a while to get into this one - it seemed too wigged-out(??) - although humorous. But after today's installment, I've felt some warmth in the story and it caught me. I'll have to check out tomorrow's before I decide to continue on.
I love southern fiction! But being a southerner, I felt that this book was a little too contrived and stereotypical. It was like Mark Dunn watched Steel Magnolias then decided that he could would try his hand at southern fiction. Just my two cents!
On deciding to read this book, I put it aside until I had read Ella Minnow Pea. Having now read them both, I definitely agree with the praise given to them. There is great entertainment value from reading these somewhat challenging books. As to "Welcome to Higby", I agree with those who found the number of characters difficult to keep track of. However, like many novels that I've been reading of late, once I got far enough into it, and indeed, having once restarted the reading when I felt I was getting lost, I was able to get comfortable with it and wanted to keep reading.
Though I must admit I'm against much of the political persuasions of Southerners, where it seems their beliefs require them to cast aspersions at liberals (in much the same way that capitalists must come out against communists as evil-doers), I also recognize that heroes and villains can be found everywhere. Such a book reminds me that we are more alike than we are different, despite that, in this book, those characters that take advantage of other's weaknesses compare unfavorably with those (few), having some inner strength, do what's right and refrain from doing what is totally self-serving.