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Return To Oakpine (2013)

by Ron Carlson(Favorite Author)
3.68 of 5 Votes: 1
0670025070 (ISBN13: 9780670025077)
Viking Adult
review 1: While the structure of this novel is very common - a reunion of old high school friends 30 years later, the execution was very well done. Coincidently I read this right after reading "Shotgun Lovesongs" which was a similar structure, but Carlson was able to make his story much more personal and unique. The characters were more fully developed and nuanced and their relationships with each other just seemed more real multi-dimensional. Also liked the fact that there were multi generational characters and all were well developed. Jimmy was such an interesting character and his relationship with both his family, friends and children of friends truly pulled this story together and kept it from being trite and predictable.
review 2: The two books of Carlson’s that
... moreI’ve read have been about friendship between men -a topic I don’t see a lot of. The first one I read didn’t do much for me, but I loved this one. Great character development, with Oak Pine playing a lead role. Men and women from multiple generations created friendships while playing football, writing, repairing houses, and playing in a garage band. Although male characters dominated, Carlson did a good job with the women, too. Some of the writing was incredibly powerful. The short story within the story was one particularly excellent section of writing. A good book for book clubs. less
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This is a 4.5 for me. Some unforgettable characters and the place is vibrantly described.
By far my favorite book by Carlson.
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