|Dexter Appears on the Book Jacket|
tone to the book, not only because it is set in the past with a different set of rules, but because the narrator is looking back thirty years herself. I’d read about the book in O, the only general interest magazine that still takes books seriously and entices its readership to read them. Since I'm not homeless (yet), I try to buy the books of living authors because they need the royalties to avoid homelessness themselves and their publishers need to know that there is a following for them so that they’ll publish more of them. I know that Oprah and everyone else and her dog believes in the primacy of Kindle, Nook, etc., but while trees can be grown for paper, plastic does not decompose. Also, in a pinch, a book is a convenient way to keep a homeless person warm for a while. I’m not being facetious, especially since Rules of Civility moves between the ultra-rich, the middle class, the striving working class, and even touches on the homeless in its narrative.
I wasn’t sure about the book when I read about it in O because sometimes they’ve burned me in the past with their enthusiasms, but I picked it up in Barnes & Noble one night and couldn’t put it down until I’d read the Preface, which introduces the very successful framing device of a Walker Evans exhibit at MOMA in 1966 as a cue for the narrator to recall her youth. I wanted to keep reading, but decided to wait, buy the book, and finish it during the holidays. I did – in three days, which is extremely fast for me.
|A Classic Cord at the |
Auburn Cord Museum in Auburn, IN