I am at a bit of a loss for words right now... so I'm just going to go ahead and say it: The night I heard the news about my Grandmother's death, I started re-reading Cold Snap. I hope this doesn't strike you as too morbid. It wasn't like that.
I just needed to hear somebody else talk about her and her way of living... but do it with kindness and humor and compassion. I was lucky to have just the thing.
I love Cold Snap for so many reasons... but, mostly, I love it because it takes a close look at people who are often left unnoticed.
- Simple women: kind and smart but not especially daring nor willing to draw attention to themselves
- Women who could rule the world, really, but due to various circumstances find themselves living small lives. Meaningful, but small.
- Men who simply don't know any better.
That's the kind of people that my Grandma's world was populated with and she navigated it with so much grace and humor. Never pretending it was better than it was nor fretting over how bad it could get. She was just so content with her life, always able to look past the sweat and tears and see the humor underneath it all.
Did you find the residents of Old Mountain as compelling as I did?
Did you find them sweet, charming, brave in their small-town ways?
Did you find them pathetic?
I am very curious to hear what you guys thought about the book and, PLEASE, don't be creeped out by my oh-so-personal introduction. Just let me know what you thought. In the meantime, I will be working on some questions to the author. Cynthia Phoel has kindly accepted to humor us and discuss her debut novel with our bookclub. Hooray!
P.S. If you have a blog, please write a review of Cold Snap and publish it on your site. Then send me a note to let me know so that I can let people know about it! Let's try to get as many people involved as we can! Please help me spread the word.