If you like Rhodes' Driftless
, get ready for another trip to Words, Wisconsin! Jewelweed
sparkles with the same poetic prose and quirky characters that make the reading this novel an entirely pleasurable experience. This is a story about community and the flawed characters whose lives are intertwined in both the ordinary and the unusual ways in a community is bound together. From Blake, newly released from prison, to Winnie, the pastor married to the mechanic, to Buck and Amy Roebuck, wealthy and powerful, to the "wild boy" who lives within the tangled edges of town, everyone in this rural town has something to gain from their relationships with each other. Jewelweed
is meant to be savored until the final pages when some myseries are made clear and others remain as muddied and complicated as the characters themselves.