Sunday, July 08, 2012

Kindred Souls


Kindred Souls
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.

7 comments:

  1. I ALWAYS read books' dedications... and thank-yous and forewords and afterwords.

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  2. I just put it on hold. I was never a fan of Sarah, Plain and Tall, so didn't read much of Patricia MacLachlan...however last year I read Waiting for the Magic. LOVED it! Looking forward to this one.

    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

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  3. I also just put it on hold at our library. Thank you for the recommendation.

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  4. It's just beautiful, I agree, for grandfathers and grandchildren everywhere, & those of us who love them too. Nice to hear your response, Mary Lee.

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  5. Mary Lee, I adore this book. It is one to treasure.

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  6. Thanks for the recommendation! I will definitely get it and read it, with kleenix in hand.

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  7. I fell in love with this book as well. So simple, yet elegant.

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