Sunday, October 17, 2010

Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout

In the cold northern reaches of New England during the Cold War, Tyler Caskey is a young handsome minister tending to the faith of his small, gossipy parish.  It has been more than a year and he is still struggling with the aftermath of his wife's premature death, which has left him with two little girls to raise. Caskey tries to raise his traumatized older daughter, while leaving his younger daughter with his meddling mother. 
Abide with Me: A Novel
The man who once held them rapt from the pulpit now appears ridiculous up there—"like a big tractor being driven by a teenage kid, slipping in and out of gear"—and his daughter has started screaming and spitting in kindergarten. How can he lead them if he himself is lost?

I really tried to give this a shot.  It was boring and stagnant and just didn't grab me.

Rating: 1 Do NOT Recommend