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by McInerny, Joseph
This book was hard to put down. And hard to finish. Horton Moon is not a lovable character, but his tale is an intriguing one. Set in Minneapolis during the Depression, Horton’s "fickle" heart causes him to fall in love with a young woman, abandoning his pregnant wife and young children. When a crime he commits catches up to him, he leaves his mistress too and his journey begins. McInerny breathes life into the characters with his vibrant imagery and a knack for story-telling. The reader is ever-present, following Horton like a voiceless conscience. McInerny’s exquisite writing takes us through the seasons of Minnesota from feeling the heat plastering hair to the backs of our necks to struggling to find warmth in the winter. "The summer has passed all hot and slow like the cottonwood drippings drifting across the flat brown water of the Powderhorn Lake." "The air hangs on you. It kind of sticks in your mouth when you breathe." "Their emptied sand beaches and silent, unmown picnic lawns make me sad." "Close enough to smell the smell of her breath-cloud in the frost between us, and close enough to practically taste the way the winter sunlight turns her thick, yellow hair new colors." Horton’s travels through Minnesota allow him to meet several different characters who he discovers all carry the burden of their own secrets.   posted Jul 3, 2013 at 9:31AM

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