Sunday, July 08, 2012
by Patricia MacLachlan
Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins), 2012
My eyes welled up on page two of this book, and when I put it down I gulped back a sob.
Patricia MacLachlan dedicated this book to the memory of her father. "...born in a sod house on the prairie he loved."
My father would have been 85 this year. He was born in a sod house.
How I wish he were here, watching the birds -- no hummingbirds, but definitely redtailed hawks. How I wish a good dog -- a farm dog -- an angel dog -- named Lucy could find him. How I wish I could build him a sod house.
This book is a poem that you read with your heart. It refuses to be condensed into a plot summary. Go read it. Keep a hankie close by.