In Sawgamet, a north woods boomtown gone bust, the cold of winter breaks the glass of the schoolhouse thermometer, and the dangers of working in the cuts are overshadowed by the mysteries and magic lurking in the woods. Stephen, a pastor, is at home on the eve of his mother’s funeral, thirty years after the mythic summer his grandfather returned to the town in search of his beloved but long-dead wife. And like his grandfather, Stephen is forced to confront the losses of his past. Touch introduces you to a world where monsters and witches oppose singing dogs and golden caribou, where the living and the dead part and meet again in the crippling beauty of winter and the surreal haze of summer.
Finally, a literary novel I really enjoyed. This was a hypnotic and exciting storytelling adventure into olden days. It felt like I was listening to my grandfather tell stories.
The back and forth timeline between Stephen’s present and his past was easy to follow. The adventures he had, and the even greater adventures his grandfather had were incredible. Reading the stories, it makes you realize just how much the world can change in one generation.
Overall, if you can’t tell, I loved this story. It was such a fun adventure, and was so smooth to read. I think the only thing that would make this better would be to listen to an audiobook version, because it really could be like listening to my grandfather tell stories.
Challenges read for:
The Canadian Book Challenge 6
The Canadian Reading Challenge