I dislike this book. I hate this book. It dredges up some deep personal wounds that probably won’t ever heal. That biases me and maybe makes me see some things as worse than another person might have seen them.
But after thinking about it for a long, long time, every day since we started reading this book, I’m confident enough to stand behind my…[Read more]
I’m really late to this discussion, and for the most part I’d just second others’ answers. I’m somewhere between @corky and @taylorclogston when it comes to how connected the places in Dogwood felt. I pictured some connections between specific locations, but for the most part I didn’t have a strong sense of Dogwood’s real size or proportions. But…[Read more]
Something interesting that the author seems to do in this book is instead of painting us a picture of the places Matt encounters, we learn about them as he sees them.
Chris Fabry could have introduced Dogwood something like this: “Dogwood stretched out ahead of us like the fold of a blanket thrown lazily across an untidy bed. Stores…[Read more]
@corky Interesting that you got a great sense of everything’s place from the description. To me, the individual locations weren’t tied together very strongly, and I felt like there was a ton of wasted potential for setting-as-character (in my opinion, the book needed to be about 30%-50% longer). In any event, I definitely don’t think you’re off…[Read more]