Sunday, April 3, 2011

WAKE OF FORGIVENESS by Bruce Machart

From cover to cover this book is amazing. I have to admit this is not normally something I would like to read but was able to read this book through B&N's First Look Book Club and was surprised with how much I liked it.  You will go on an amazing journey with a family that struggles with showing love and care.  It is an intense read that is not for someone who is sensitive to violence or abuse.  The the first chapter really sets the tone for the whole book. You will be taken back in history when just getting from one day to another was an up hill struggle.  The book hard to put down. A masterpiece for all generations!

Description of the book:
On a moonless Texas night in 1895, an ambitious young landowner suffers the loss of "the only woman he's ever been fond of" when his wife dies during childbirth with the couple's fourth boy, Karel. From an early age Karel proves so talented on horseback that his father enlists him to ride in acreage-staked horseraces against his neighbors. But Karel is forever haunted by thoughts of the mother he never knew, by the bloodshot blame in his father's eyes, and permanently marked by the yoke he and his brothers are forced to wear to plow the family fields. Confident only in the saddle, Karel is certain that the horse "wants the whip the same way he wants his pop's strap . . . the closest he ever gets to his father's touch." In the winter of 1910, Karel rides in the ultimate high-stakes race against a powerful Spanish patriarch and his alluring daughters. Hanging in the balance are his father's fortune, his brother's futures, and his own fate. Fourteen years later, with the stake of the race still driven hard between him and his brothers, Karel is finally forced to dress the wounds of his past and to salvage the tattered fabric of his family.

Reminiscent of Kent Haruf's portrayals of hope amidst human heartbreak and Cormac McCarthy's finely hewn evocations of the American Southwest, Bruce Machart's striking debut is as well wrought as it is riveting. It compels us to consider the inescapable connections between sons and their mothers, between landscape and family, and between remembrance and redemption.
The Wake of Forgiveness
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