Visiting Tom A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace ( CD)
|Author: Michael Perry|
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Toiling in a shop Perry describes as ?an antique store stocked by Rube Goldberg, curated by Hunter Thompson, and rearranged by a small earthquake,? Tom Hartwig makes gag shovel handles, parts for quarter-million-dollar farm equipment, and ? now and then ? batches of potentially ?extralegal? explosives. As he approaches his sixtieth wedding anniversary with his wife, Arlene, Tom, famous for driving a team of oxen in local parades, has an endless reservoir of stories dating back to days of his prize Model A, and an anti-authoritarian streak refreshed daily by the four-lane interstate that was shoved through his front yard in 1965 and now dumps over 8 million vehicles past his kitchen window every year. And yet Visiting Tom is dominated by the elderly man?s equanimity and ultimately ? when he and Perry converse over the kitchen table as husbands and as the fathers of daughters ? unvarnished tenderness.
"Mr. Perry is a pleasant companion, both to Tom and the reader. He is quick to insist that he isn't a farmer. He's a writer with a sideline in pigs and chickens and oats. He has been growing as a writer--he still drifts into the maudlin, but he seems to know that now--and when he waxes over the sharpening of his scythe, and how he uses it to cut oats, his writing is beautiful and immediate and elegant." - Max Watman 08/25/2012 "Perry's portrayal of Tom and his life are both engaging, although the meandering nature of the narrative can be frustrating. Nevertheless, the moments of genuine emotion make up for its slow pace. Flawed, but down-to-earth and genuine." 08/01/2012