Very nicely written intro, excellent description. Awful too as the reader knows what's coming. I read her other book, Back Roads, and enjoyed it although I now can't remember what it was about (aargh, memory).
I really like the flow of this one; there is even a rhythm in the tragedy told in today's story of the mining accident,the filing out of the women - one by one, in the middle of whatever their day's offering. I am not familiar with this author's first book, but I will definitely be reading more of her.
I agree, the narrative voice is not authentically male;and not just the protagonist(Ivan), but also some of the secondary characters:As in today's excerpt with val(The adolescent miner)there was a solfness in the exchange between him and the young Ivan, which -in my opinion, had the essence of femininity. The amazing thing is , that in spite of this ,Ms O'Dell is weaving a very compelling story . Afterall she is a woman and it is a matter of perception, or to quote Emanuel Kant: "Can man perceive reality outside of his own existence"...Still, I am enjoying the craftmanship of this story-it's a real page turner.
I had the same problem, I kept thinking that this was a little girl. That's interesting that so many of us thought this. I'm sure now that the story has moved more to the present, we'll get over that idea.
Still, this book is enthralling and I would definitely borrow it from a library.
I too thought it was a little girl's perspective. I loved this until Friday's reading and now I'm a bit confused as to time/characters etc but I'm sure if I kept reading the book it would all make sense. I wanted to keep reading about the immediate aftermath of the accident. If I see this in the library will check out!