The Momentum of Red: A Novel
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The story centres on the relationshop between 50-year-old Randy Thompson and his 21 year old daughter Mary. Randy's beloved wife Roz died at Mary's birth and Randy raised his daughter on his own. Randy is a trucker and the bonds between him and his daughter were tightly forged as they traveled the long highways of Alberta, western Canada and the US. Now though, Mary has entered into a relationship with Dennis Boyce, a journalist covering one of the town's summer festivals, and she wants to move out get her own place. Although Randy knows that life will not be the same for them and he'd rather she not be moving out just yet, he supports his daughter's plan and helps her pick out and pay for an apartment where she and Dennis will live.
As it turns out Dennis has a criminal history. He was jailed for beating his wife. He tells Mary and Randy a lie about that - he says his wife cheated on him and he beat up the man with whom she was having the affair because that man was beating on her.
Nevertheless, the tendency to violence is rightly concerning to both Randy and Mary but they decide to give him a chance. Randy has a bit of violence in his own past, when it comes down to it, that perhaps clouds his own judgment when it comes to Dennis. Despite his own misgivings about Dennis and those of his friends, Randy surmises that people can change.
I enjoyed this story a lot. The bonds between Mary and her father, and Randy's devotion to his daughter were totally believable and touching. I also loved the relationships among Mary's friends Tina and Sara. And the author has small town life in cattle country down pat. Kidd's writing is poetic, at times so beautiful that I forgot my own distaste for dust and sweat and cow patties.
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