Monday, February 7, 2011
Pulitzer Project: Now in November
Things end badly, of course. Their homecanned produce spoils because the rings were cheap and didn't hold a seal. One of the neighbors falls, breaks a hip, and becomes bedridden and senile overnight. Another, a tenant farmer, ends up evicted because he's unable to pay the rent. Two of the sisters fall in love with the hired hand who, naturally enough, is in the love with the third one, who views him only as a friend. The crazy sister, the one who had been bringing in some money by working as a schoolteacher, loses her tenuous grasp on reality and slashes her wrists. (And even as they fishing her out of the watering trough in the sheep pen, the narrator is wondering how they're going to manage without her income.) Their mother is horribly burned when a grassfire threatens the farm buildings. And so it goes -- one calamity after another. Beautifully written, and incredibly depressing.
Next up, Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis -- another book and author I'd never heard of prior to starting this project.