Thank you, Karen, for inviting me to read this book. Back in 1974 or 1975 I didn’t read for pleasure. We were married in December of 1973. You were surprised and saddened that I didn’t read for pleasure. You had a plan. You asked me – if you suggested a book of fiction to me, would I agree to read it because you asked?
You introduced me to the world of “want to” (as opposed to “have to”) reading through this book, Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn, and I am forever grateful to you.
As I would read we would talk about what was happening and how the plot was unfolding each night at dinner. Those discussions were rich and real. Thank you, Karen.
On the occasion of our fortieth wedding anniversary I decided to reread Five Smooth Stones. I was once again enthralled and captivated by this piece of art. I found myself attracted to the rhythm and pulse of the story, characters and issues. This is a love story, an epic tale of family, a historic and dramatic glimpse of the struggle for basic civil rights in our country and a challenging stimulant related to the realities of social privilege – all making for a truly great read.
This is a story of beauty amid reality, injustice and brutal violence. This is a story of people who are so real I found myself believing that they were.
Fairbairn is a writer! She crafted characters of clarity and difference: Each real and provocative. She generated story lines that begged to be followed. Mostly she was an artistic ‘weaver’ of divergent and convergent ‘wrap and waft’ of material. Whether it was individuals, history or events – she brought this huge story into what I consider a treasured piece of art.
Ann Fairbairn published this work in 1966. I recommend this novel to anyone who wants to get immersed into a compelling, intense, serious, loving and abundant story.
I am a slow reader and the hardback copy of Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn I was reading from was 853 pages long. I loved its length. Actually I wished it were longer. Shucks . . . who among us wants a good story to end?
Thanks again, Karen!