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I love to read. I am very eclectic in my reading but I especially enjoy erotica and erotic romance. I also like movies, live theater and concerts, hockey, and counted cross-stitch.

SWEETLAND by Michael Crummey

Sweetland - Michael Crummey
  Moses Sweetland does not want to leave the island that has been his home most of his life when the government comes in to resettle the families there. He plots and plans to stay but will he?

An interesting read. Moses is unforgettable. As the story moves forward with the resettlement plans, flashbacks of Moses' life are mingled through the story. I liked how the flashbacks are their own separate chapters but without the traditional chapter numbering. They are not in a chronological order. The flashbacks are just Moses' way of telling his story and his reluctance to leave his home.

Watching Moses as he interacts with the other islanders, especially with his great nephew Jesse, gives a picture of Moses as a curmudgeonly old coot who values his independence. He loves these people but won't tell them but he's there for them, helping them in his own peculiar way. He hassles Jesse and teases him but wants the best for Jesse. I couldn't help but fall in love with them both.

I liked the set up of the story. The first part of the talk and decisions of the resettlement. The second part of the aftermath of the resettlement and Moses' actions and reactions.

This was a hard life for these islanders. I am haunted by this story. This is one that will leave an impression on me for a long, long time.