Upcountry, by R. M. Doyon, is a poignant tale about a family. Protagonist, Jane Schumacher works as a political aide to the Governor of New York. Her plans were to help him become a candidate for the presidency. Unexpected bad news from her physician may derail her plans. She has been estranged from her family for years, but she now feels the need to return to her hometown to reconnect with her family. She arrives in time for Thanksgiving.
Understandably her father is shocked to see her as is her twin sister. Dinner is a disaster and what follows is even worse. Memories play a huge role in this novel. Jane has few that aren’t painful. Her mother was difficult and her father was distant . Her life had been turbulent and she had left home at an early age to escape, taking secrets with her. Upon her return home she learns her sister’s husband has been abusing her for years. Is it up to Jane to intervene? Even though she had returned home for reasons of her own, she may have to change her priorities.
Mr. Doyon is a master story teller. He has crafted a captivating story with believable characters. Every word in this novel is perfectly placed and gives the reader an in depth look into a complex family. This is an intriguing story and well worth reading.
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