Wednesday, July 01, 2009
A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor this is the second book in the Southern Reading Challenge. George Carver living in New York with his girlfriend is encouraged to come home to help break up his father's looming second marriage. His sister's don't want it to happen. This leads to Carver reflecting on the various ways that his family has manipulated him over the years. There's very little plot here it's all characterization and setting. Much is made of the differences between Memphis and Nashville. For the most part I liked it although I did find the motivation for the sisters to be particularly weak. Besides greed there's no real explanation of why they're doing what they're doing. This received the Pulitzer prize in fiction.