Bowlaway

Bowlaway

Elizabeth McCracken / Apr 23, 2019

Bowlaway A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved award winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bo

  • Title: Bowlaway
  • Author: Elizabeth McCracken
  • ISBN: 0062862871
  • Page: 237
  • Format: ebook
  • A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alleyFrom the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pound A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alleyFrom the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts She has no past to speak of, or at least none she is willing to reveal, and her mysterious origin scandalizes and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her But Bertha is plucky, tenacious, and entrepreneurial, and the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford s most defining landmark with Bertha its most notable resident.When Bertha dies in a freak accident, her past resurfaces in the form of a heretofore unheard of son, who arrives in Salford claiming he is heir apparent to Truitt Alleys Soon it becomes clear that, even in her death, Bertha s defining spirit and the implications of her obfuscations live on, infecting and affecting future generations through inheritance battles, murky paternities, and hidden wills.In a voice laced with insight and her signature sharp humor, Elizabeth McCracken has written an epic family saga set against the backdrop of twentieth century America Bowlaway is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family s myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for ebook, 384 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Ecco More Details ISBN 0062862871 ISBN13 9780062862877 Other Editions 12 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Bowlaway, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book The Millions Most Anticipated The Great First Half 2019 Book Preview January March 84 books 12 voters Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 31, 2019 Ron Charles rated it really liked it Who could walk away from this opening line They found a body in the Salford Cemetery, but aboveground and alive It sounds like the start of some gruesome murder mystery, but then the wackiness worms in The gladstone bag beside her contained one abandoned corset, one small bowling ball, one slender candlepin, and, under a false bottom, fifteen pounds of gold Death and life, frosted with macabre comedy It s why we ve enjoyed Elizabeth McCracken since her debut novel, The Giant s House, app Who could walk away from this opening line They found a body in the Salford Cemetery, but aboveground and alive It sounds like the start of some gruesome murder mystery, but then the wackiness worms in The gladstone bag beside her contained one abandoned corset, one small bowling ball, one slender candlepin, and, under a false bottom, fifteen pounds of gold Death and life, frosted with macabre comedy It s why we ve enjoyed Elizabeth McCracken since her debut novel, The Giant s House, appeared than 20 years ago She never promises us freedom from pain, but she always offers just enough heart to endure it.Her new novel, Bowlaway, is a rueful family saga that begins at the start of the 20th century and revolves around a bowling alley in the small town of Salford, Mass north of Boston Our subject is love, the narrator announces, because our subject is bowling But not ordinary love and not ordinary bowling nothing is ordinary in this story The people of Salford play candlepin bowling that smaller, harder version peculiar to New England a game of purity for former To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https washingtonpost entert To watch the Totally Hip Video Book Review of this novel, click here https washingtonpost video flag 14 likesLike see review Irene I just heard of this book today and liked the premise so you re review is timely and appreciated Looking forward to hearing other recommendations an I just heard of this book today and liked the premise so you re review is timely and appreciated Looking forward to hearing other recommendations and reading your reviews throughout the year Jan 31, 2019 12 07PM Nov 26, 2018 Constance rated it it was amazing A sprawling delight Like reading John Irving circa Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire, but written by a woman flag 11 likesLike see review Aug 31, 2018 Tyler Goodson rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arcs What a big, sprawling novel this is It reads like an anecdotal history of a bowling alley, and the family who starts it, grows with it, and feels trapped by it It s about the farthest branches of a family tree and the stories we tell about them But the best part is McCracken s writing every few pages a line or a passage will sneak up on you and knock your socks off flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Kalen rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 books by women, 2018 reads 1 2Love, love, love Elizabeth McCracken and have been waiting for this one Solid read but I wanted Bertha flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Brenda Ayala rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves shelf awareness My first novel from McCracken, and probably my last if the others are like this Sprawling is the best word for this book It spans like 15 different lives, all stemming from one bowling alley in Massachusetts in the late 1800s It s weirdly untethered despite everyone being related in some way to each other, and I found myself getting and bored as the book went on There just isn t a point I ve had this same reaction to books like this before and had I known that Bowlaway wouldn t My first novel from McCracken, and probably my last if the others are like this Sprawling is the best word for this book It spans like 15 different lives, all stemming from one bowling alley in Massachusetts in the late 1800s It s weirdly untethered despite everyone being related in some way to each other, and I found myself getting and bored as the book went on There just isn t a point I ve had this same reaction to books like this before and had I known that Bowlaway wouldn t have a point, I wouldn t have read it It s just lots of random occurrences in people s lives They don t grow or reflect or overcome anything Sure, it s a nice homage to everyday lives, but why would I want that If I wanted to read about an everyday life where nothing happens, I d just go experience my own flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 lisa rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves first reads, shelf awareness arc This was an ARC I received from a publisher I had loved one of Elizabeth McCracken s short story collections Thunderstruck so I thought I would enjoy this book However, it turned into one of those slogs that I ended up forcing myself to power through.I don t know how to describe this novel because it made no sense to me, but the story mostly revolves around a bowling alley in a small New England town The bowling alley is founded by the mysterious Bertha Truitt Eventually it is run by her s This was an ARC I received from a publisher I had loved one of Elizabeth McCracken s short story collections Thunderstruck so I thought I would enjoy this book However, it turned into one of those slogs that I ended up forcing myself to power through.I don t know how to describe this novel because it made no sense to me, but the story mostly revolves around a bowling alley in a small New England town The bowling alley is founded by the mysterious Bertha Truitt Eventually it is run by her son, his wife, and various other family members The plot is so dull I can barely remember it Characters are mentioned in plotlines that are trickle away, only to be brought back to life a hundred pages later The language falls over itself with its perceived cleverness The whole book just drags and drags Nothing very exciting happens So much of the story is about characters who are supposed to be full of mystery, but they are mostly just frustrating, and ridiculous I was sick of everything by the end of this book, but I was also extremely disappointed I loved Thunderstruck, and was thrilled when it won literature prizes I wanted this novel to be great, but it was so terrible I can t see myself recommending it to anyone flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 05, 2018 Ericka Seidemann rated it it was amazing Shelves arcs Spoon River Anthology meets Cold Comfort Farm in this quirky story of a family owned candlepin bowling alley that spans generations There is a whisper of magical realism with a hefty dose of down to earth wisdom At the turn of the 20th century, Bertha Truitt, described as matronly and jowly, wearing a split skirt, is found lying face down in the local cemetery She sits up and explains that she s the inventor of candlepin bowling The townspeople are perplexed and mesmerized by Bertha Truitt Spoon River Anthology meets Cold Comfort Farm in this quirky story of a family owned candlepin bowling alley that spans generations There is a whisper of magical realism with a hefty dose of down to earth wisdom At the turn of the 20th century, Bertha Truitt, described as matronly and jowly, wearing a split skirt, is found lying face down in the local cemetery She sits up and explains that she s the inventor of candlepin bowling The townspeople are perplexed and mesmerized by Bertha Truitt and are delighted with her candlepin bowling alley, where they can bowl away their problems Even women are encouraged to go, and it becomes a place of camaraderie Bowlaway follows Bertha Truitt and her husband, Dr Sprague, and all their descendants in this small town in Massachusetts Every character under the spell of Truitt s Alley has their own demons, their own agendas, their own desires As the years pass, the bowling alley must change with the times as well as the aims of those who run it and those whose souls are captivated by the candlepins Bowlaway has many stories of love and loss, and is handled with tenderness McCracken s writing is sharp and full of joie de vivre I had to get out my tape flags to mark pages several times because her wordsmithing was so intelligent It s getting a special place on my shelf because I know I ll smile every time I see it Many thanks to HarperCollins for an advance copy in exchange for my review It was a privilege to read flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 29, 2018 Becky Spratford rated it really liked it I reviewed this for my ALA Annual 2018 Booklist Read N Rave Panel Details flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites, fiction I ve been desperately waiting for a new novel from Elizabeth McCracken for 16 years, and I m thrilled to report it was well worth the wait I always hesitate to call her books charming though this is always the first word that comes to mind because they are also utterly lacking in the cloying sentimentality typical of so called charming books Some writers you read for plot, others for their characters, others for their beautifully crafted sentences McCracken is astonishingly good at all thre I ve been desperately waiting for a new novel from Elizabeth McCracken for 16 years, and I m thrilled to report it was well worth the wait I always hesitate to call her books charming though this is always the first word that comes to mind because they are also utterly lacking in the cloying sentimentality typical of so called charming books Some writers you read for plot, others for their characters, others for their beautifully crafted sentences McCracken is astonishingly good at all three, but her sentences oh, her sentences She strikes me dead with her sentences In this multi generational tale, the character that looms over all others is a woman before her time, the turn of the 20th century Bertha Truitt When she goes into labor, she gets stuck in the passageway, via spiral staircase, between two floors of her house McCracken writes The structure had fastened around her like an exosketeton That was what happened when you had a baby, she told herselfYou became part of the house Bowlaway is jam packed with sentences this good and better Elizabeth McCracken s prose is always a joy to read, no matter whether she is writing about birth or death, love or grief Now if only she would write faster flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 31, 2018 Lisa rated it it was amazing Elizabeth McCracken can make a sentence sing, and this book is a chorus This is a big book, full of vibrant characters and moments of stunning insight flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Anne rated it liked it Shelves x read in 2018 In this epic, multi generational saga of a family that owns a candlepin bowling alley, the reader can see Elizabeth McCracken at her best From quirky characters to humorous turns of phrase we are carried along through the years and the various owners of this business around which the community turns Bertha Truitt, the founder and family matriarch is one of the greatest characters ever I wish she could have stayed a little longer I had no idea where this book was going and there were lots of In this epic, multi generational saga of a family that owns a candlepin bowling alley, the reader can see Elizabeth McCracken at her best From quirky characters to humorous turns of phrase we are carried along through the years and the various owners of this business around which the community turns Bertha Truitt, the founder and family matriarch is one of the greatest characters ever I wish she could have stayed a little longer I had no idea where this book was going and there were lots of twists and turns along the way In the end, the entire cast of misfits and ne er do wells make this an incredibly memorable reading experience Thank you to HarperCollins and edelweiss for my advance readers copy flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 09, 2018 Lucky rated it really liked it Super quirky page turner Really enjoyed it Someone else said it s not for everyone, which is true, but, if you like quirky stories, this is a great one flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 16, 2018 RMazin rated it really liked it review of another edition Bertha Truitt is discovered in a wintry graveyard in a small town in Massachusetts She seemed to have been dropped there with a Gladstone bag containing a bowling ball, a candlepin, and some gold Was she dead or alive thought the young groundskeeper A passing, well dressed but foreign looking man, who happens to be a doctor, ascertains that Bertha is indeed alive From this strange beginning a story of a bowling family dynasty unfolds Each character is peculiar than the last and all hav Bertha Truitt is discovered in a wintry graveyard in a small town in Massachusetts She seemed to have been dropped there with a Gladstone bag containing a bowling ball, a candlepin, and some gold Was she dead or alive thought the young groundskeeper A passing, well dressed but foreign looking man, who happens to be a doctor, ascertains that Bertha is indeed alive From this strange beginning a story of a bowling family dynasty unfolds Each character is peculiar than the last and all have an affect on their community as well as each other.Think of this book as what would happen if Ignatius J Reilly from Confederacy of Dunces could trace his roots back to the New England branch of the family at the turn of the 2Oth century The far fetched story is told as if this could easily be an everyday occurrence Each event that befalls the family and town stretches reality But the author has wonderful insights, mind blowing descriptions and tangled truths that change with each character Not a mystery, not a history, not a romance but a little bit of all of that Perhaps, the story loses its heft at the midpoint when the family regroups, but worthwhile as it picks up speed towards the end Recommended.Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book flag Like see review Dec 23, 2018 Sandra rated it it was ok 2.5 stars I wanted to like this book But it was just too quirky for me, in a way that made it feel like it was trying to be.There were moments of real feeling, and where it managed to convey deep unsettling emotions of the realities of life It had decently portrayed characters And the story, or the very intertwined stories, was were overall good.And yetthere was somehow both too much and too little at the same time I almost stopped reading several times, and while I m glad I didn t, I 2.5 stars I wanted to like this book But it was just too quirky for me, in a way that made it feel like it was trying to be.There were moments of real feeling, and where it managed to convey deep unsettling emotions of the realities of life It had decently portrayed characters And the story, or the very intertwined stories, was were overall good.And yetthere was somehow both too much and too little at the same time I almost stopped reading several times, and while I m glad I didn t, I wouldn t say I enjoyed the experience flag Like see review Jan 10, 2019 Lisa rated it liked it Shelves adultfiction womenwriters Like all of McCraken s novels the characters in Bowlaway are fresh, eclectic and curiously likeable This book spans two generations of related and unrelated folks and their connection to local icon Bertha Truitt a unique lady who mysteriousl arrives in a small town in Massachusetts and brings candlepin bowling to the community One odd turn after another and decades pass slowly to reveal the stories of all the remaining folks in town flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 Robert Felton rated it it was ok Ambitious novel about the people whose lives are impacted by a candlestick bowling alley in the early 20th century New England I appreciated the effort to develop this multilayered narrative as we pass through a series of bizarre events from conflagations to molasses floods to show how the alley becomes a symbol of the changing eras But it was a bit too narratively muddled with unexpected plot detours that halted the story s momentum for me The characters were also one dimensional flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Suzanne rated it liked it Shelves fiction, first reads Quirky and meandering, a tale centered on a bowling alley and very peripherally on the family that operates it Author Elizabeth McCracken seeks to create a cast of characters, each whimsical and peculiar than the last, memorable for their relationship to bowling than their inter relationships This is a book for lovers of character development and place based tales I received my copy from the publisher through edelweiss flag Like see review Jan 31, 2019 Lisa Burris rated it really liked it At first, you think, Why would I read a book about a bowling alley through the years Then, you read Bowlaway and find that this isn t just a book about bowling It s about people It s about history It s about traditions and family whose meaning is lost in time Told in quirky, sometimes humorous language, Bowlaway is not to be missed flag Like see review Jan 02, 2019 Maggie Holmes rated it liked it Shelves didn t finish, prepub The language in this book is exquisite I highlighted several sentences and read aloud several However, the characters were not fully developed and did not show much growth As a reader who values the characters, this was disappointing I m not sure who I would recommend this to I liked the Molasses Flood reference, but it was just sort of thrown in there flag Like see review Jan 18, 2019 James rated it really liked it A beautifully written novel about an American family living through the beginning of the twentieth century and how their lives center around a candlepin bowling alley and the town around it A deft mixture of humor, sharp storytelling, compelling characters, and sad truths Highly recommended I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Roxanne rated it liked it I was enthralled for the first half of the book, particularly with the descriptions and metaphors The plot slowly fell apart, though, as the main characters were killed off and new ones introduced who were far less compelling I finally stopped reading it when I realized I no longer cared about the characters flag Like see review Dec 07, 2018 James Beggarly rated it it was amazing review of another edition A big, humorous novel, by a writer who always writes with loads of joy A hundred years in a bowling alley in a small town outside of Boston An amazing array of characters find their way into the pages in this always amusing and fascinating book flag Like see review Dec 03, 2018 Will rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves giveaways I won this book in a giveaway.3.5 In early 1900s Massachusetts, a woman mysteriously appears in a cemetery, brings candlepin bowling to town by opening a bowling alley, and affects various lives over many years Odd, funny, historical, modern, drags a bit at times flag Like see review Oct 25, 2018 Josephine rated it really liked it Received an ARC of this book, to be published in 2019 Quirky my favorite word , sometimes jumbled up, as most family histories are flag Like see review Jan 02, 2019 Carol Ann rated it liked it The adventures of the unconventional Truitt family set forth here is one heck of a ride McCracken is such a wonderful writer, try The Giant s House and Thunderstruck, I m a fan flag Like see review Sep 04, 2018 Lisa rated it really liked it I read the ARC of Bowlaway and enjoyed the quirky characters and Truitt saga Bertha Truitt was fascinating as were those her life touched I wanted to see the octagon house for myself and, who knows, bowling might be in my future flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Judy rated it liked it Shelves books from emily, books i own A strange story of secrets and dysfunction They always go together flag Like see review Aug 06, 2018 Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves read in 2018 Strange and wonderful and full of larger than life characters It s almost like someone dared the author to come up with an epic about bowling, and she succeeded with aplomb I don t think it s for everyone, but readers who appreciate quirkiness and bowling will love it flag Like see review Dec 13, 2018 Elisabeth rated it liked it Cute abd quirky but it meanders a bit too much at times flag Like see review Dec 24, 2018 Janet rated it really liked it Shelves arc, have met or will meet author, siba aba bea Quirky and totally original, BOWLAWAY is an entertaining read that will have you itching to go to your local bowling alley, even if you can t try candlestick bowling At the sentence level, this novel is a pure delight Elizabeth McCracken s vocabulary and style had me wanting to underline sections every few pages Fiction writers will especially appreciate this story flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Librarian Note There is than one author by this name in the database.Elizabeth McCracken born 1966 is an American author She is married to the novelist Edward Carey, with whom she has two children August George Carey Harvey and Matilda Libby Mary Harvey An earlier child died before birth, an experience which formed the basis for McCracken s memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination.McCracken, a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, graduated from Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts, and holds a degree in library science from Simmons College, a women s college in Boston McCracken currently lives in Saratoga 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    River City Main Page SATURDAY MORNING JUNIORS PROGRAM Ages Saturday morning Juniors bowl games every Saturday and league sign up day will be Sept nd at AM. Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken If you like sprawling generation spanning tales brilliantly written in the vein of John Updike or Lauren Groff, then Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken is the book for you However, if you like poorly written tales full of misspellings, irregular capitalization, a meandering plot, and a peculiar fixation on flatulence all written in pencil , then I have to say my son Willoughby s report on Bowlaway Elizabeth McCracken Hardcover Bowlaway is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family s myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide. Bowlaway A Novel Elizabeth McCracken Bowlaway celebrates the oddest of oddballs and the freakiest of freak accidents with wit and heart To read McCracken s inimitably clever sentences and follow her quirky narrative twists is to be constantly delighted NPR Bowlaway Scores A Strike NPR Feb , Bowlaway Scores A Strike Elizabeth McCracken s new novel a multigenerational saga centered around a Massachusetts bowling alley and Bowlaway NPR Bowlaway Scores A Strike February , Elizabeth McCracken s new novel a multigenerational saga centered around a Massachusetts bowling alley and its crew of misfits will grab you Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken Review BookPage BookPage starred review, February To tell a good tale, you need drama and in this area, Bowlaway spares no expense A turn of the th century candlepin bowling alley works its way into people s lives and under their skin in Elizabeth McCracken s sixth book. Bowlaway review Elizabeth McCracken s novel is weird Feb , Bowlaway covers nearly years, beginning at the turn of the twentieth century Lying on a patch of dead grass, a jowly, bosomy, bottomy, odd BOWLAWAY by Elizabeth McCracken Kirkus Reviews Bleak House meets Our Town in a century spanning novel set in a New England bowling alley. More than many writers, McCracken Thunderstruck and Other Stories, , etc understands the vast variety of ways to be human and the vast variety of ways human beings have come up with to love each other, not all of them benevolent. Family Bowlaway Home At Family Bowlaway Fun Center we make league bowling a great way to improve your game and have fun We have a League just for you No matter your skill level or age we have a

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        Librarian Note There is than one author by this name in the database.Elizabeth McCracken born 1966 is an American author She is married to the novelist Edward Carey, with whom she has two children August George Carey Harvey and Matilda Libby Mary Harvey An earlier child died before birth, an experience which formed the basis for McCracken s memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figme Librarian Note There is than one author by this name in the database.Elizabeth McCracken born 1966 is an American author She is married to the novelist Edward Carey, with whom she has two children August George Carey Harvey and Matilda Libby Mary Harvey An earlier child died before birth, an experience which formed the basis for McCracken s memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination.McCracken, a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, graduated from Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts, and holds a degree in library science from Simmons College, a women s college in Boston McCracken currently lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she is an artist in residence at Skid College She is the sister of PC World magazine editor in chief Harry McCracken


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    1. Who could walk away from this opening line They found a body in the Salford Cemetery, but aboveground and alive It sounds like the start of some gruesome murder mystery, but then the wackiness worms in The gladstone bag beside her contained one abandoned corset, one small bowling ball, one slender candlepin, and, under a false bottom, fifteen pounds of gold Death and life, frosted with macabre comedy It s why we ve enjoyed Elizabeth McCracken since her debut novel, The Giant s House, app Who cou [...]


    2. A sprawling delight Like reading John Irving circa Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire, but written by a woman.


    3. What a big, sprawling novel this is It reads like an anecdotal history of a bowling alley, and the family who starts it, grows with it, and feels trapped by it It s about the farthest branches of a family tree and the stories we tell about them But the best part is McCracken s writing every few pages a line or a passage will sneak up on you and knock your socks off.



    4. My first novel from McCracken, and probably my last if the others are like this Sprawling is the best word for this book It spans like 15 different lives, all stemming from one bowling alley in Massachusetts in the late 1800s It s weirdly untethered despite everyone being related in some way to each other, and I found myself getting and bored as the book went on There just isn t a point I ve had this same reaction to books like this before and had I known that Bowlaway wouldn t My first novel [...]


    5. This was an ARC I received from a publisher I had loved one of Elizabeth McCracken s short story collections Thunderstruck so I thought I would enjoy this book However, it turned into one of those slogs that I ended up forcing myself to power through.I don t know how to describe this novel because it made no sense to me, but the story mostly revolves around a bowling alley in a small New England town The bowling alley is founded by the mysterious Bertha Truitt Eventually it is run by her s This [...]


    6. Spoon River Anthology meets Cold Comfort Farm in this quirky story of a family owned candlepin bowling alley that spans generations There is a whisper of magical realism with a hefty dose of down to earth wisdom At the turn of the 20th century, Bertha Truitt, described as matronly and jowly, wearing a split skirt, is found lying face down in the local cemetery She sits up and explains that she s the inventor of candlepin bowling The townspeople are perplexed and mesmerized by Berth [...]


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