Deloume Road, by Matthew Hooton.

I’ve definitely been neglecting this blog – and I’ll chalk it up to several interviews for co-op and a huge, time-consuming assignment that was due last Thursday. (Also several hours spent playing World of Warcraft, but we’ll ignore that one.)

Deloume Road, by Matthew Hooton.

I recently read Deloume Road, which I randomly picked up from the new books section at my local library. It’s set on Vancouver Island during the Gulf War, during a hot August, on lonely Deloume Road out in a tiny rural community. The lives of those neighbours are intertwined – a Ukrainian butcher who waits for his wife and son, a pregnant and widowed Korean woman, a Native artist whose son has crashed his plane in the wilderness, and the children who play in Deloume Road.

The novel definitely has that rural community aspect to it. The viewpoints shift as rapidly as every two or three pages, but the narrative remains smooth. The swift changes don’t jar the story at all. There’s a sort of underlying tone to the novel that there’s something in the narrative, waiting – kind of like the feeling you get on a restless summer day. Hooton has done an excellent job with conveying this atmosphere in the story.

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