Karen Valby
May 15, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Thousand Country Roads

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Robert James Waller
publisher
John M. Hardy
genre
Fiction

We gave it a D

A Thousand Country Roads. A pile of pompous goop. At least Waller’s ”Bridges of Madison County” had a real love story going for its unabashedly drippy self. Fans of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid should well remember that ”Bridges”’ ending revealed that the lovers never reunited after their tryst. Since never the two shall meet, the bulk of the novel is devoted to his long-lost son, Carlisle, spawn of (that dog!) another affair from his past. ”As for Carlisle McMillan, his own story concerning what is known as the Yerkes County War and a woman who changed him from a boy to a man is worth the telling.” Is it though?

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