By the best selling author of The Dress Lodger, Sheri Holman s new and most ambitious novel to date, Witches on the Road Tonight, uncovers the secrets and lies that echo through three generations of one Appalachian family It is a deeply human, urgent exploration of America s doomed love affair with fear.
Witches on the Road Tonight By the best selling author of The Dress Lodger Sheri Holman s new and most ambitious novel to date Witches on the Road Tonight uncovers the secrets and lies that echo through three generations of o
Ok so I will cut to the chase, since that is what I do best I liked this book but I also had some problems with it too Shocking, yes I know I love witchlore, I don t know what it is about it that is so fascinating, ok, maybe I do, but either way, I am yet to read a book about witches that I thought was a total waste of time That being said let me get to what I thought Sheri Holman has a distinct writing style in this book, which I quite enjoyed You are never at a loss for physical descriptions o [...]
Finally, the first drop my jaw in awe book of 2011.Some writers are a brand which is to say you know exactly what you re going to get when you pick up one of their books So not so with Holman you don t even know what time frame you might be inhabiting the 15th century of A Stolen Tongue, the 19th century of The Dress Lodger or the 20th century of The Mammoth Cheese Another Holman hallmark her books invariably disport unusual titles.I cannot fathom why there has been little buzz around this new n [...]
I would have liked a whole book just about the Appalachian witch, Cora, but instead it jumps all around from the mountains to NYC from WWII to 1967 to 1980 to the present and back from one person s view to another person s view to the writer s narration In one chapter Ann is referred to as Mom, her mother, and Ann I thought another character that I had missed was telling this part of the story The book is leading up to two murders, but neither are convincingly pulled off One murder is unrealisti [...]
Witches on the Road Tonight is much like the monster in the Frankenstein film referenced throughout the book It is an amalgam of different parts stitched together in such a way that the product is displeasing to those who encounter it The portion of the story set in 1940s Appalachia was well written and mysterious Holman s description of place was rich and her usage of carefree WPA workers in an unfamiliar territory was a clever take on a classic horror movie plot scenario The portion of the sto [...]
This book started off wonderfully, with an intriguing setting full of menace a sophisticated couple a writer and a photographer traveling for the WPA in 1940 get themselves stranded in a remote Appalachian cabin, with a woman who just might be a witch Holman s prose is lush, and she creates some heartpounding scenes of dread there is never a problem believing in Holman s version of witchery The problem is that the book becomes meandering we lose track literally of Tucker and Sonia, the couple th [...]
1 5 starsThis is a review that I knew I should write However, this is a book that I wish I could wipe from my memory Yes it was that bad Sitting down to write this review has been a bit of a struggle However I am going to try There will be spoilers I tried to avoid character names and specifics, but the spoilers are necessary to understand why I feel so strongly about this book.I picked up Witches on the Road Tonight because I always find myself looking for books with Appalachian roots We have a [...]
This was one of the weird and anti climatic books I ve ever read It left me still wondering what happened to a certain character in the end, maybe even than one character It was actually very well written with great thoughts about human nature The parts I didn t like were about ALL the characters behaviors They were all well developed, but heartless and I didn t like any of their morals NONE of them It is about a family of poor Appalachia decent, that has legends and stories in their families [...]
There s a primal need in all of us to live between opposites as if we can only appreciate one end of the physical or emotional spectrum in proximity to the other We come inside from a bone chilling day and revel in the warmth Comfort and fear are among the earliest opposites we experience we cry because we do not yet have words, and someone comes and holds us close and attends to our needs.One suspects that Sheri Holman had a childhood that included sitting around campfires experiencing the swee [...]
I picked this up at the last minute when checking out at the library read the back and thought hmmm interesting and so I checked it out In my opinion interesting would be a good word to describe this read It is a book I will remember but I glad to be done with it At times it was frustrating to me due to the time warp back and forth I found it hard to follow At about half way through I read the synopsis again to get a better idea of where the story might be going I was disappointed in the ending [...]
Like the Frankenstein monster, the book is assembled from several plot lines that don t mesh very well Her writing is fantastic, but it doesn t make up for what a mess this is Later note I unstarred Cathleen Schine s review in the NYRB and several days of thinking about the book has altered my opinion some It seems of an ambitious failure now But I don t want my low review to put off anyone else wanting to read it.
So, to quote a certain failed Congressional wannabe, I am not a witch, nor have I ever been one Right Because they re all, we re going to meet over here at midnight, and I m eh, no, I go to bed at 9 30 The supernatural life is not good for morning people like me.And anyway, I m not sure what exactly is useful about being a witch Flying around would be fun, I suppose, if you re not prone to motion sickness, but the traditional witchy things withering crops, spoiling milk, generally being a nuisan [...]
Witches on the Road Tonight is a complicated book I think it is quite original although uneven I always try to read a book carefully and I admit to being a bit confused by this one I am not exactly levelling this as a criticism Gray areas are generally fine with me in fiction.Other reviewers have pointed out that the characters are not exactly likeable people and I agree However, I found an affinity with Eddie, who I interpreted as the lynch pin who tied the many other personalities in the story [...]
Witches on the Road Tonight has proven to be as enjoyable a read as Holman s earlier efforts The Dress Lodger and The Mammoth Cheese , and I am looking forward to the day when I move up to 1 on my library s hold list for her first novel, A Stolen Tongue.Holman s novels, so far, have reminded me in some ways of Sylvia Townsend Warner s which would explain why I like them so much On the surface, the three novels I ve read could have been written by three different authors The Dress Lodger takes pl [...]
Just finished Witches on the Road Tonight by Sheri Holman It was interesting Not exactly what I thought it would be The story jumps from the past to the present and sometimes in between It is the tale of a dying weather man, Eddie, who also hosts a weekly horror movie night on a local television station He grew up in the Appalachians in a place called Panther Gap It s the 40 s and his mother is a reputed witch He is ostracized by the local kids and while running away from a beating runs into a c [...]
If I had not just finished reading Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell, I probably would have rated this book highly, particularly as they seem to be aimed at the same reading audience.I got the book from the library, having heard some good things about it, but quite honestly, the writing style simply drove me crazy There are far too many main characters Cora, a mountain witch of whom it was said that she could shed her skin at night and ride any man Eddie, her son who grows up to be Captai [...]
I am so torn by this book I loved it and I hated it It gave me hope in humanity and made me feel like all hope is lost Even as I type, I m not sure how many stars it deservesI will start with the good Holman s writting is absolutely beautiful Her metephors are flawless I found myself bookmarking page after page on my Kindle Here are a few of my favorites We need only for life to teach us the humility with which to give thanks There is always farther to go and places you ve yet to be Secrets are [...]
Here s another one I was torn on I LOVED the Virginia setting She captured the mountain forests so well that I could feel myself standing among the trees, hunting for ginseng, listening for a panther There s even a character who s working for the CCC building Skyline Drive awesome Holman effectively bounced around in time 1940, 2011, 1980, 1967 The witch part was creepy, not like the bubbly witches you find in paranormal romances these days The 1940 and 1980 storylines paralleled each other just [...]
Witches on the Road Tonight by Sheri Holman is majestic It is stunning I was so surprised at its page turning drama and beautiful writing Even amazing it is only 263 pages long This novel is pure Grand Opera, folks The novel won The Shirley Jackson Award in 2011 It will not suit some readers, but omg, it suited me just fine as an entertaining mystery For me, it is a jewel of a book a well written, dark fantasy story and a family drama with heart and soul However, the story seems like two novels [...]
Not a fan of any of these characters and as a result not particularly interested in hearing of the messed up lives they create through bad communication, selfishness and destructive behavior.Also, I found the male narrator s voice pretty annoying like he was constantly running out of breath and talking painfully slow It was somewhat appropriate for his characters, I ll admit, but ultimately was a distraction for me Also difficult to listen to in the car, as he frequently drops his voice lower th [...]
Loved it and told her so She s a great author and respond to readers.
This is not about witches It s a ghost story A 1940 backwoods mother tells her son ghost stories instead of bedtime storiesd how much is real and how much made up it never told This boy will grow up to be a male Elvira, hosting horror movies late night He marries, has a daughter, and present day in the book, he is dying of cancer, is on chemo, and is committing suicide Written from several characters point of view, this is a very good story, hard to put down It moves from present day to 1940 an [...]
This book was enthralling from the first page Holman presents a mix of viewpoints Eddie, a former star of a local cheesy horror show, on his deathbed writer Tucker Hayes, who gets mixed up with witchy backwoods woman Cora, when he hits a young Eddie with his car Eddie s daughter Wallis as a young girl experiencing her first kiss with a pyromaniac foster brother and as a cut throat war reporter trying to escape her own demons.So good
Sheri Holman s fourth novel, Witches on the Road Tonight, begins at the end of Eddie Alley s life as the has been host of a campy TV horror show writes what appears to be a suicide letter to his grown daughter Wallis In this opening paragraph of Holman s book, we find a good illustration of how the author of The Dress Lodger and The Mammoth Cheese uses detail to bring her sentences to life Of all the props I saved, only the coffin remains Packed in boxes or tossed in the closet were the skulls a [...]
A very ambitious and mostly successful story It gets five stars for its genre bending, its wise, adult tackling of sexuality and identity, its settings all far flung and utterly believable The opening, in which a couple working for the WPA strike a child in the Appalachians with their car, it pretty great, as are all the Appalachian scenes In the story, we follow the couple and young Eddie, who grows up to become a campy horror personality The story is told in hindsight by Eddie s daughter, who [...]
Sad story, about trying to find love and acceptance than about witches.
Not a fan Very disjointed and felt like it was going to go somewhere, but never quite made it Almost like it was stopped before it was finished.
Well, this was unexpected.So I thought this was going to be about witches and such In a way, it is, but really, it s as non witchy as a book about some people who may be witches gets What do I mean I mean, if you LOVE witch stuff like some people LOVE vampire stuff, I don t think this book is for you Instead, it s a book for those who like multi generational family sagas, old horror flicks, coming of age storiesThe story does skip around between 1940, when a couple on a government project to wri [...]
The oddly titled Witches on the Road Tonight opens with an accident Tucker Hayes is working on a WPA project, collecting information for travelers in the Appalachian Mountains, when 8 year old Eddie dashes in front of his car He s not badly injured, by Tucker insists on taking him to his home, a shack high in the hills Eddie s mother, Cora, is out, and by the time she returns, it s too late for Tucker to hike back to the car He spends the night, and his dreams are weird but highly erotic For Cor [...]
This is definitely one of the weirdest books I ve read in a while Told from two different perspectives, a father and a daughter s, the story stretches from 1940 Appalachia to modern day New York City Eddie, the father, is a washed up former horror show host icon from 1960 1980 known as Captain Casket He is now elderly, dying of cancer and tired of the chemo treatments is about to commit suicide He leaves a message about his upcoming demise to his daughter, Wallace, who is a big time news anchor [...]
I had started one of Sheri Holman s other books, the Dress Lodger, and wound up putting it down This book is very different than that one It s a fast read, and pretty interesting I couldn t help but picture older Eddy as Svenghoulie, the host of the local creature feature we have on Saturday nights It s as if Holman watched him with his rubber chicken, and goofball antics and skits I was intrigued when I came across the book about the WPA aspect of the book being about a photographer and a faile [...]