Mark your calendars for July 13-15 and start reading! The Iowa City Book Festival recently announced the 2012 author schedule and there are a lot of great authors coming to town! (And some already in town) You can check out many of the Iowa City Book Festival author’s books from the Iowa City Public Library.
I decided to start my Iowa City Book Festival reading journey with Robert Goolrick’s A Reliable Wife. This is a lyrical story of the human quest for happiness and choices we make about love and forgiveness.
Ralph Truitt is a lonely businessman who lives in Northern Wisconsin and endures the long winters along with the community who depends on him for their livelihoods. Catherine Land is a woman with a past who embarks on a journey to become Truitt’s wife after responding to an ad in a newspaper. Ralph and Catherine both have secrets and made choices they regret. Can these two individuals overcome their past and make choices together that will cultivate the love and happiness they crave?
I listened to this book and often turned off the recording so I could reflect on the lyrical language Goolrick weaves into the narrative. Mark Feuerstein’s narration is excellent and compliments the story.
I know of at least one Iowa City book club who plans to read this book together and then attend the Iowa City Book Festival to hear Robert Goolrick in person (Saturday July 14 @ Noon). Summer is a great time for reading and the Iowa City Book Festival gives us extra incentive to read a great book and then have the opportunity to hear from the author in person. It’s going to be a GREAT SUMMER in the City of Literature!!