Vacation Reading

Vacation reading means being on vacation–a week in the sun in February for example.  My choice was a book club book, an old book–1947, W.O. Mitchell’s Name of the Wind, a memoir about growing up in the Canadian plains. (Our group is the Plains Readers, so the plains, where we all grew up, is sthe subject or setting of most of our reading. Mitchell’s book, like most of our plains books reconstructs the way setting, geographical location, and in our case, a relationship with the natural world shapes character and family. The plains aren’t as immense a force in this novel, nothing like they are in Rolvaag’s Giants in the Earth, but they’re significant.