A Devil Singing Small

| August 2, 2016

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A DEVIL SINGING SMALL

A World War II romance, a rocky marriage, the births of a son and daughter, and a move to rural Idaho. Betty then recounts Mitch’s gradual spiral from being a man who could build or fix anything into the world of the mentally ill, obsessed with the Virgin Mary and extra-terrestrial flight. Betty relies on her love of the land for the courage to fulfill her marriage vows and protect her family. From a life of subservience to the family bread-winner, temptation, fear and love give a razor’s edge to a sometime funny, but often difficult life. It is also the story of the conflicting relationship between mother and daughter, Torie, and Betty’s pride and fears for son, Michael, who becomes a combat infantry lieutenant in Vietnam. The author drew on her observations of her father’s mental illness to give this novel authenticity.I’ve got to say that I’m very surprised that 1972 is “historical fiction.” No, I’m not saying the author is wrong; I’m saying that I feel old. This is a wonderful excerpt. It’s unique in its viewpoint and begs the reader to keep reading. The reader’s heart breaks not only for Mitch but also for Betty, who has to live with the broken shell of the man that she loves. I’m glad that I got the opportunity to read this, and I can tell why it made the cut to this level of ABNA.I really liked this one. It has a little bit of everything but most of all its an emotional tale. I was so frustrated by Mitch and just when I wanted to throttle the man in spite of his infirmity we jump back in time to see when Betty and he’s romance began. This is a nice excerpt, not my personal taste in genre but I liked it a lot.A World War II romance, a rocky marriage, the births of a son and daughter, and a move to rural Idaho. Betty then recounts Mitch’s gradual spiral from being a man who could build or fix anything into the world of the mentally ill, obsessed with the Virgin Mary and extra-terrestrial flight. Betty relies on her love of the land for the courage to fulfill her marriage vows and protect her family. From a life of subservience to the family bread-winner, temptation, fear and love give a razor’s edge to a sometime funny, but often difficult life. It is also the story of the conflicting relationship between mother and daughter, Torie, and Betty’s pride and fears for son, Michael, who becomes a combat infantry lieutenant in Vietnam. The author drew on her observations of her father’s mental illness to give this novel authenticity.

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