Friday, January 26, 2007
Welcome to Higby by Mark Dunn
Holly had recommended Ella Minnow Pea to me, and I loved it, so I was delighted that Mark Dunn had a couple other novels. Welcome to Higby is a much different kind of book. It's more of a traditional novel, and its only "gimmick," if it can be called one, is the interconnectedness of the characters, which sometimes translates to parallels between the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next. Higby, Mississippi is a small southern town whose quirky inhabitants have quite an eventful Labor Day weekend. Relationships fall apart and develop, injuries are sustained, faith is lost and found, and one character is kidnapped by a Christian vegan cult. It's an extremely quick read, and a fun one. It was actually the perfect follow-up to the denser, more dramatic The Thirteenth Tale.