I just finished a wonderful book, The Last Days of Dogtown, by Anita Diamant, written in 2005. I read it in two days; actually one night and the next day. What an emotional experience. Not obvious at all, but just perfect story-telling. I am in awe of its power and heart, its sense of place and time. If you have ever read her books you will know what I mean, or soon remember.
Her most recent book is titled The Boston Girl, which I read just a week ago, and it led me to this one. I loved it too, but they are as different as two sisters from the same family. That’s the only way I know how to explain it. I recommend both of them. If you are like me, I ache to continue with the same author when I have been so moved by the first book. A short description I copied from Amazon says : “Rendered in stunning, haunting detail, with Anita Diamant’s keen ear for language and profound compassion for her characters, The Last Days of Dogtown is an extraordinary retelling of a long-forgotten chapter of early American life.”
Recommended by reader and contributor Ronne Troup.