I read The Truest Pleasure by Robert Morgan because it’s on that list I’m making my way through, slowly. (I, just this week, resolved to make my tally for 2008 from the list at least 10. Then I read this in ~24 hours, and thought about making that goal 12. We’ll see.)
It’s set in the Carolinas at the end of the Civil War. Published in 1995. I read this book over a weekend — it was a quick read. I was sad when I came to the end of it. The book is really a study in relationships. I enjoyed its ties to rural place and time, but I most enjoyed this look at a young woman and her interactions with her nuclear family and with the family she creates with her husband. I found the story believable, even lush, if we can apply that word to a relatively spare landscape. The characters are wonderfully flawed.
A great book.
I really enjoyed the format of this book — it’s a paperback, but an unusual size, in my experience: 7 inches tall, 5 inches wide.
As far as books from the list go, it was nice to read one that interacted with what felt like a more modern aspect of the faith — Ginny speaks in tongues — as well as placing that within a relationship context.