Glen Kinsella has just finished opening all his high school graduation cards proclaiming him to be on the doorstep of an exciting life. But as the summer of 1970 begins, Glen is living with his deluded grandfather and an array of desperate residents in a Midwestern prairie town that has withered to near-extinction - a town populated primarily by the sagging shells of long-abandoned houses. Hope is not one of Glen's traits. In high school, he was known as the retard's brother. He never had a date, nor even tried to be on speaking terms with someone as sophisticated as Suzanne. But as his grandfather always said, anything is possible in Corcoran. And in the summer of 1970, that prediction appears to be finally coming true. After decades of planning the revival of his beloved town, Glen's grandfather convinces a group of women whose husbands have been sent to Vietnam to live in Corcoran. Soon they begin renovating an old ballroom, where Suzanne will perform for the grand opening. But all this new life is threatened when a disgraced war vet arrives, harboring a secret about one of the husbands that will thrust the town into the center of political controversy.
While this is not really my style of book, I can appreciate the writing and the story that was told. I can see that some of the phrasing and subject matter could possibly be problematic nowadays, but when you consider the time period that it is written in, it fits the time.
There were times when I felt like I couldn't get into this book like I had hoped. I'm not sure if it's because of the book itself of if I was just somewhat distracted. I did enjoy this novel and would be open to reading more from this author.
*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.