For most of us life is one long series of compromises. We have to make compromises because we want to exist in a society that is often at odds with our own feelings, opinions, and beliefs.
In Laird Hunt's latest novel "The Evening Road" his character Ottie Lee has reluctantly allowed herself to make compromises just to get by. Her marriage has become a compromise. Her relationship with her boss involves compromises. And as this story builds her participation in a hideous spectacle, a lynching, becomes just another thing that finds her being swept along by events.
Hunt got the idea for this novel after he heard about a notorious lynching that took place a century ago in Indiana. The author had spent his youth on a farm in the region and he wondered why nobody ever talked about what had happened. It is estimated that over 10,000 people in a festive mood attended the lynching. How times have changed.
I won't say any more about it. Listen to the interview. Laird Hunt is one of our great literary stylists.
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