Back Creek is the story of a young woman's summer between high school and college in the mid-seventies. After Grace witnesses a fatal boating accident from her home, events unfold that help her start figuring out where her hometown and family ends, and her individual self begins.
If you like books set in the southern U.S. where the setting plays as much of a role as a character, you'll love this. Virginia is a bit of a puzzle to this northern girl (is it The South? But why? It's smack in the middle!), and I enjoyed getting to know the area through Grace's eyes. The minor characters--a young Vietnam vet, Grace's sister who returns after getting kicked out of the home five years before, and Grace's parents--are unique enough to capture the imagination without taking the focus away from Grace and her journey.
But I wouldn't be honest if I didn't tell you this: halfway through Back Creek, it came time to leave on our road trip to California. With luggage space tight and only 100 pages left of the book, I opted to leave it at home to save space, and instead bring a longer book that would last me the whole trip. I was happy to pick it back up again when we returned, but I had no trouble walking away from it for ten days, either.
The Soundtrack: In the summer of 1975 I was almost 8, and this is what I remember: That's the way, uh-huh uh-huh, I like it, uh-huh uh-huh.
Publication Info: Bancroft, 2008; 226 pages
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