Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New This Week: Delta Girls by Gayle Brandeis

There’s something spirited and satisfying in Gayle Brandeis’ prose. She pushes at language with a poet’s heart and skill, leaving us breathless and always wishing for more.

All of that was certainly the case with her astonishing The Book of Dead Birds, which won the Bellwether Prize. And it’s true again in Delta Girls (Ballantine), a rich and gorgeous ride with two very different women: a single mom making a living as a migrant fruit picker and a figure skater, intent on the heights. A series of unlikely events cause their two worlds to collide, with unexpected results. This is not a plot that does well with over-explanation. Brandeis’ books are all about the journey. And this? It’s a glorious one: well worth the effort.

This edition is a trade paperback original, so take your copy to the beach. However, be prepared to be surprised. Delta Girls exceeded my expectations, in every way. I suspect it will exceed yours, too.

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Blogger Donna said...

Good review. I'm a longtime Brandeis follower, so I've already read DELTA GIRLS with great relish.

Friday, July 2, 2010 at 4:12:00 PM PDT  

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