Thursday, March 10, 2011
Novelist John Casey on Fall Line
John Casey's National Book Award-winning novel Spartina ranks as one of my all-time favorites, and his long-awaited sequel Compass Rose also is tremendous -- every page of his work, in fact, has an elegant, smooth yet gripping and unpretentious voice. He was very kind to compare my forthcoming novel to yet another one of my favorite books:
If you liked Deliverance by James Dickey, you'll like Fall Line by Joe Samuel Starnes. The Oogasula is about to be dammed by the Georgia Power Company and to hell with the folks whose houses and graves are going to be flooded. Some people take the money—one of them takes the law into his own hands. This novel is vividly alive with people (and a great dog) and the river.