Sunday, July 7, 2013
The Cutting Season
Author Dennis Lehane started his own imprint with Harper Collins and he chose The Cutting Season by Attica Locke as the first title. Like some of Lehane's finest work, The Cutting Season is an excellent mix of mystery and suspense, with a little historical fiction and social commentary thrown in for good measure.
Caren Gray returned home to Belle Vie, an antebellum plantation in Louisiana. Instead of working on the land or in the kitchen as her ancestors once did, Caren manages the historic plantation, arranges tours and hosts lavish weddings. Caren's office is now located in the main house, where as a child, she was not allowed to go. One day, a female migrant worker from the adjacent farm is found murdered on the Belle Vie property. Developments in the case move forward and backward through time, bringing to light historical events and uncovering family secrets going back generations. This book could generate a lot of discussion about race, gender, and relationships. My advice is to read it with a friend.