Early readers praise Lark and Termite for the subtlety of its prose and its nuanced rendering of the relationship between its two main characters.

 

Jayne Anne Phillip’s first fiction in nine years immerses us in the lives of Termite, Lark, and Nonie, three characters as memorable as their names. Set in rural West Virginia and war-torn Korea during the fifties, Lark and Termite  follows an inquisitive 17-year-old girl; her younger, developmentally challenged brother; and their aunt, the hard-working woman who raised them, through a single, eventful week in 1959.  Through captivating flashbacks, memories, and vignettes, we learn the deepest secrets about them and the parents absent from their lives. A major work by the author of Black Tickets and Machine Dreams.

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by bookgal on ‎05-01-2009 06:31 PM
This book has a slow start, but hang in there.  The story really picks up, and the different narrators are no problem after a bit.  I loved the book divisions with the photograph of the tunnel, each photo with a closer view.  Several metaphors included like this that I always appreciate.  A very good story about a tragic set of characters and circumstances.  When I did a little research later on the Korean War incident that was part of the Leavitt's segments, I was even more impressed with the author's connecting it.  I would love to hear an interview with the author about how she came up with the idea:  was it a photo like the one in the cigarette package?  How many wartime tragedies are happening now with families splintered in a similar fashion?

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