Dave and Roger were co-presenters at an author event I attended in early November 2016, at the West Liberty, Iowa, public library. I traded my book, Taming the Twisted, for their title, Hammon Falls.
Hammon Falls follows three generations through the years 1893 through 2008. The characters include Will; his grandmother, Margaret; his grandfather, Orville/Luka; his father, George; and his mother, Cora. Though there was a learning curve to get the characters straight in my head, it was short. I loved how these characters’ stories were intertwined, going between them and back and forth in time. Generally, I don’t like stories that switch points-of-view but it worked well for me in Hammon Falls. The story shows how our families’ lives are tangled, for better for worse, and sheds a light on how family members relate to each other and how choices affect one another. There are no “good” or “bad” guys/gals; they all have different perspectives and experiences that give them redemption and faults. In other words, they are human.
By the end of the book, I was satisfied that all of the questions and loose ends were tied up, except for one. I never learned how Will met his wife or what happened to her. Perhaps there’s a sequel coming? I also enjoyed the local connection of the story’s setting; though Hammon Falls and Waterton are fictional towns, they are similar to two real towns in Iowa.
Though fiction, I think Hammon Falls depicts how a family could have evolved through history. I read this one quickly, so on a can’t-put-it-down-scale of one for I couldn’t even finish it to ten for I was up until the wee morning hours, I give it an eight and a half.
UPDATE: Apparently how Will met his wife and what happened to her is mentioned the book and I obviously missed it. I still wonder if there might be a story there, though, that could be sequel fodder… 🙂