Narrated by 15 year old Mercy Rathbone, The Rathbones is a fantastical tale of a whaling family in 19th century Connecticut. Loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey, Ms. Rathbone takes us on a journey unraveling the mystery of her father, her family, and the polygamous secrets they hold.
While Ms. Clark’s literary eloquence is superb, I had such a difficult time with this novel. I just couldn’t enjoy it. The author kept the characters at a distance, and I couldn’t help but feel I was observing some sideshow attraction at an early-American circus. I wanted to look, but then again, I kept feeling that I’d wasted my money. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.
2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013