Book Review: Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price


Author:  Reynolds Price
Title: Kate Vaiden
Publication Info:  Scribner (1986)
ISBN:  0689117876
Summary/Review:  This story set in rural North Carolina and later in Norfolk, Virginia is told from the perspective as a memoir titular character.  Kate’s parents die in a murder-suicide leaving Kate to be raised by relatives and to get involve in self-destructive sexual relationships at a young age.  The tone of the book is one of distance and indifference, perhaps appropriate to a narrator who has shut her self off from the world, but at the same time it is difficult to read a story that the narrator seems uninterested in telling.  What could be a good story of an interior struggle comes off as dull and unconvincing.

Recommended Books: The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields and A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
Rating:  *1/2

Photopost: Outer Banks


Saw a lot of critters and little bit of art on our recent travels to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Pretty black birds flew all around the beach house
Pretty black birds flew all around the beach house
A double line of cops on bikes preceded us down the main drag of the Outer Banks
A double line of cops on bikes preceded us down the main drag of the Outer Banks
The art deco detail of the Wright Brothers Memorial
The art deco detail of the Wright Brothers Memorial
Flocks of pelicans patrolled the beach
Flocks of pelicans patrolled the beach
This fox settled down for a nap right behind the house.
This fox settled down for a nap right behind the house.
We saw many hares on our nature walk
We saw many hares on our nature walk
The charming Currituck Beach Lighthouse
The charming Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Visit my web photo album for many, many more pictures from this trip (most of them of my son).