A Dream of Wolves

by Michael C. White | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0060932368 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Zyana of Porto - City, Porto Portugal on 12/29/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by Zyana from Porto - City, Porto Portugal on Wednesday, December 29, 2004
"Dr. Stuart Jordan, White's hero-narrator, works both ends of the life cycle. As an OB-GYN, he ushers people in. As a part-time medical examiner, he sees them out. He fulfills this double role, to his own bemusement, as a transplanted Yankee in Hubbard County, North Carolina, deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This dual perspective and the meditations it awakens on what goes right and what went wrong inform the novel. So does Jordan's grief over his five-year-old son, who died 14 years ago. This mystery of character is jump-started with a "pronounce death" call one night. Jordan finds Roy Lee Pugh, a member of a criminal clan in the hills, dead from two shotgun wounds; his Native American wife sits stolidly by, nursing her baby. His promise to the woman, that he'll take care of the baby, draws him into longstanding feuds, bad blood, and criminal enterprise--and into another view on his own life. Jordan's carefully constructed life of habit, punctuated by figuring out the cause of death, which appeals to his love for the mathematical elegance of causes and helps make death manageable, is blown apart by the shotgun blasts of the Pugh homicide. Jordan's is the kind of wise, flawed narrator's voice you want to keep listening to; his takes on Appalachia are eye-opening; his takes on human nature, wrenching."
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