✰✰✰✰ Author Castle Freeman, Jr. presents a collection of short stories centered around the townspeople of small, rural community called Round Mountain. The collection weaves together a tale of country life that many readers will identify with.
The stories are tied together through the central character, Homer Patch. Homer's friends come and go as we follow them from their youthful antics through middle age and into old age. As the characters age, their true colors start to show. Each story builds upon the reader's understanding of the individual characters and their interactions.
The Bottom Line: This collection of previously published short stories is beautifully written. I enjoyed the antics of the townsfolk; many reminded me of people I grew with in a small town. My favorite stories in this collection were "Charity Suffers Long" and "The Women at Holiday's." Enthusiastically recommended for anyone who enjoys stories about country life. It's the perfect reading for a lazy weekend.
I received a free copy of this book from Concord Free Press in exchange for a donation. This book is part of a special project by Concord Free Press, Kodak, and Castle Freeman, Jr. to aid relief efforts for towns that fell victim to Hurricane Irene. While the book is free, they ask that the reader donate to a charity and then pass the book along so that the giving can continue. For my part, I enjoyed the book and made a donation of $20 to the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund.
Details: Round Mountain by Castle Freeman Jr. Paperback published by Concord Free Press in 2012. 156 p. ISBN: 978-0-9847078-2-9