“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Things you should know
Friday, August 29, 2008

1. Just finished Kristy Kiernan's newest novel, Matters of Faith. This author really captures the sweet-and-sour dynamics of family relationships. Publishers Weekly said, "In this tense, well-paced novel about belief, Kiernan explores when faith and love test the limits of family fealty."

Strange word: Fealty. Sounds like something you'd find growing underneath a rock, doesn't it? (For the record, we don't write those synopses; the editors do.)

At any rate, here's the synopsis: At age twelve, Marshall Tobias saw his best friend killed by a train. It was then that he began his search for faith -- delving into one tradition, then discarding it for another. His parents, however, have little time for spiritual contemplation. Their focus has been on his little sister, Megan, who suffers from severe food allergies. Now Marshall is home from college with his first real girlfriend, but there is more to Ada than meets the eye -- including her beliefs about the evils of medical intervention. What follows is a crisis that tests not only faith but the limits of family, forgiveness, and our need to believe.

Kiernan, who also wrote Catching Genius, puts more thought into plot and structure than any other author I know. And when you read her books you get the feeling that you are being guided along a journey by a true pro. She looks at a novel systemically, as an architect would consider the entire building.

ANOTHER THING YOU NEED TO KNOW: When I was having trouble with my blogging software last week my webmaster told me something that I found very nifty: On several websites, if you want to make the type smaller simply hit Ctrl and the minus sign. To make the type larger, hit Ctrl and the plus sign.

AND ONE MORE THING: The sourdough bread from Target is really good. Very sour.


Blogger Kristy Kiernan said...

You are entirely too kind, Mr. Hudler. Many thanks, and in appreciation, I shall go find that Target sourdough and will slice a piece in your honor. The least I can do.

But you're not getting me to talk about my underwear drawer.

August 29, 2008 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Oh, but you will need some wine from Target as well ... to go with that bread...

August 29, 2008 at 11:34 PM  

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