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All That I Have: A Novel

3 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Castle Freeman Jr.

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Author: Castle Freeman Jr.
Publisher: Steerforth
3 reviews about All That I Have: A Novel
review by . May 27, 2009
I loved this book.      There, I've said it, so grab a copy.      What? More? Oh, right. OK then. I have not read "Go With Me", Freeman's last book, so I can't say (as others have) whether or not you ought to read them in order, but I can say that "All That I Have" is fantastic.      Narrator Lucius Wing is an old-school sheriff (not to be confused with a lawman, as he makes quite clear) in rural Vermont, trying to continue sheriffing (yes, …
review by . March 23, 2009
Backwoods "sheriffing" is a holistic sort of activity, bearing little resemblance to "policing," as most people understand the concept. Vermont author Freeman's longstanding rumination on the subject steps to the fore in this wry, dry, fourth novel.    Narrator Lucian Wing, sheriff of Ambrose and 17 surrounding towns, doesn't wear a uniform and he leaves his gun in his sock drawer. He does keep the county's expensive shotgun in the trunk of the sheriff's car, but he rarely uses …
review by . February 25, 2009
For such a short book, this novel is densely packed with imagery and pathos. Told from the perspective of local sheriff Lucian Wing, this tale of small town crime with big city implications is a deft character study. I was reminded of No Country for Old Men, but this tale was less dark (though no less gripping) and used wry humor to soften the building tension. As Wing unravels the crime, local troublemaker Sean makes waves in both the community, Wing's marriage, and in the case itself. The ending …
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