Catamount Bridge: A Novel

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Subtle and vivid, this first novel about three generations of a Vermont farm family in the mid-1960s shines with the clarity of clean New England air. Bodie and Harmon Woodward are twins whose father, Purdy, was killed in World War II. They live on the family farm with their mother Vera, grandfather Leon and Harmon's wife Darlene, who is newly pregnant at the story's start. When their draft notices arrive, Harmon, always the more aggressive and successful, is ready to go to Vietnam. Bodie says he'll flee to Canada. The weeks before Harmon's departure are filled with tension over which brother has fathered Darlene's child. Harmon's doubts are based on a half-hour that Bodie and Darlene spent, with his own drunken encouragement, inside an arch of Catamount Bridge. In unspoken agreement, neither Bodie nor Darlene tells Harmon what happened there, and once he has left, this reticence troubles both their consciences sorely. While Harmon sends increasingly disturbing letters from Vietnam, Bodie ignores additional notices from his draft board and installs a trailer home for Darlene behind the farm house, reflecting as he works on the life he expects to leave. Carefully attentive to local speech, landscape and custom, Metz conveys Yankee reticence along with its underlying passion, building to a conclusion that satisfies on all counts. His powerful and lovely novelin which absence matters as much as presenceis sure to linger in readers' imaginations. Literary Guild alternate selection.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Harmon and Bodie Woodard are twins who have competed all their lives. The twins, their mother, their grandfather, and Harmon's wife, Darlene, share the Woodard farm in Vermont. It is 1967, and they have received their draft notices. Harmon, more aggressive and dominating, will go willingly to the Army, while Bodie chooses Canadian exile. Harmon fears that Bodie fathered Darlene's unborn baby, and it is this which gives Bodie and Darlene, for the first time, an edge over him. Carefully crafted characters explore the corners of experience, searching for reason and unity in a world which effectively conceals them. Highly recommended for its eloquence of expression and interpretation of emotional relationships. A first novel. Literary Guild alternate. Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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