Let me begin by telling you that I truly have no idea why I liked this book. All I know is that the concept (a town where people don't speak, except on chalkboards) is intriguing, and there is something about it which makes it compulsively readable. Also, the design of the book is lovely. I so adore the chapter headings that I cut one out of the galley and hung it on my bulletin board.
At the outset, and I mean the first sentences, you are aware that religion will play a large part in the book. There is a deep and abiding spiritual sensibility throughout. The only problem is that it is hard to understand why, except to say that southerners are a religio