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Compass Rose by John Casey.. Twenty years after he showed us the workings of a fictional South County Rhode Island town in Spartina, Casey returns with a big, busty love story. Read 'em back to back for the most enjoyment.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Like the love affair that is the novel’s magnetic pole, “Compass Rose” gathers its quiet strength from a slow accretion of instants of intimacy “both ferocious and serene,” moments that bubble up, collapse and decompose in the natural order of things, on their way to becoming the history of a place.."

The NY Times

"In "Compass Rose," which picks up very soon after where "Spartina" left off, Casey shifts his attention from the solitary man at sea to the social lives of women on land. Dick and Elsie have ended their affair, but given that Elsie has given birth to Dick's daughter, Rose, it would be somewhat misleading to say that they are no longer involved. Indeed, in a community as small and tightly knit as South County, every person's life is involved in one way or another with everyone else's. These entanglements are not always comfortable, of course. ."

The LA Times

Author bio: John Casey was born in 1939 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the University of Iowa. His previous novel, Spartina, won the 1989 National Book Award for fiction. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is Henry Hoyns Professor in the English Department at the University of Virginia. He is literary executor of the estate of Breece D'J Pancake. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (356 pp. A hearty read: Kindle/Print editions)

Publisher Website: 9780375410253

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