12 December 2009

The Bottom Of The Sky

This is one of those stories about where you live and what others are doing that make you wonder if you've been paying close enough attention to what is going on around you. Roundup and Billings are the featured places and the characters could well be people we've all met. Roundup comes off more than a little rough not only around the edges but right in the center but that is the kind of story we've heard before and just never been sure. It has the sound of truth to it.


Mr Pack has obviously been paying close attention to his surroundings while growing up and probably well into adulthood. He apparently grew up in Roundup and at least some of the story seems to be autobiographical. The narrator is anxious to get out, first of all to Billings and then to Silicon Valley. Recent history is deftly woven into the story.

Most of the characters are wounded in one way or another and they manage to pass along their hurts to the next generation or those around them. I am worried that some of these characters might have played around with some of my savings in the 80s and 90s. If there is any truth to the story and I suspect there is, then I didn't realize the connection between big money and sex, which observation probably confirms that I haven't been paying close attention.

Recommended.

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Anonymous said...

To Ken and Carol. I am most honored to have you review my book...a review that Google's alert program notified me of when it was posted. Thank you. Your blog and the photos on it take me home, by the way. Thank you for that, too. All the best, William C. (Bill) Pack. thebottomofthesky@gmail.com

Ken & Carol said...

You are welcome and so will your next book. I mentioned you to Sue Hart, professor of English at MSUB, today. She is anxious to read your work over the holiday.

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