I regret wasting my time reading this book. It started off great but went downhill after the first few chapters. If you like reading about dysfunctional family members who can't pull themselves up and out even when they are adults then this may be the book for you. It definitely wasn't for me.
"In 26 inteviews spanning a 40 year career, Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty discusses her fiction and her life with writers, friends and critics, including Alice Walker, Reynolds Price, William E. Buckley and Walker Percy. Her wit, quirky charm, modesty and keen insight are irrestible delights....a gift from one of America's most beloved and esteemed writers. "
The publishers of this book like to compare it to Caleb Carr's The Alienist......that is pushing it a bit. Yes, the timeframe is 1906 New York City and the plot involves young women being murdered, but the similarity ends there. This was slow moving and I had to force myself to finish it. It finally picked up a bit at the end but by then it was too late.
This book was written by the same man who wrote The Perfect Storm so I was expecting a great read that would hold my interest. I am from New England and remember being very frightened of "The Boston Strangler" as I walked to and from school in the early 60s. Unfortunately the book lost my interest after the beginning chapter when the author told his story of his father hiring a handy man to help with some remodeling at their home. The handy man turned out to be Albert DeSalvo.
This was a quick read and not a very good one. The characters are not well developed and you never really find out why certain characters are the way they are. I don't care for books that leave you guessiing at the end as this one did.