The Accidental Pallbearer & The Dog Killer of Utica

My last recommendations (for now) are two books by Frank Lentricchia, The Accidental Pallbearer and The Dog Killer of Utica. Both feature Eliot Conte, a large, very strong, opera loving Melville scholar with impulse control problems. His father is local political fixer while his best friend Antonio, who is more like a brother and favored by his father, is Uttica’s Chief of Police. Around this triangle revolve the two books. We first meet Eliot and Antonio as they sit in a Troy, N.Y. movie theater waiting for a live simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera when Eliot gets news that his two daughters he hasn’t seen in 20 years have been killed thus setting off a series of events that reverberate back to a decades old unsolved mob hit instituted by Eliot’s father. There’s a lot thrown at us in The Accidental Pallbearer (which seems to be par for the course for a first book in series) so it gets a bit confusing at times but stick with it because all is made much clearer in The Dog Killer of Utica.

Publisher Weekly says of Dog killers “A fast paced if somewhat mild follow-up…” Me? I call it more cohesive. All the niggling little things are answered, the story moves smoother, it picks up right where Pallbearer ends, and best of all, the dialogue is just as sharp and quick. That’s what won me over to this series in the first place, the dialogue. Local vernacular is just as important in setting a sense of place as the setting itself. Elmore Leonard was the best at this, with George Pelecanos a close second. If Mr. Lentricchia can keep it up in future installments he too could enter the Pantheon.

Add a Little Sparkle to your Summer

To help you look and feel your best for the summer, come visit us in The Spa at Fearrington. We have some exciting new treatments to help you beat the heat of summer. Introducing Coconut Lime Manicure and Pedicure Nail treatments. We also have a 60 and 90 minute Coconut Lime Exfoliation as a body treatment. Coconut benefits to the skin are rich in vitamins and minerals. Coconut oil and coconut milk exhibit excellent compatibility to the skin. The coconut fragrance helps to bring to your... Full Post >

Kennedy & Mark

Kennedy and Mark tied the knot on February 15, 2014. They held their ceremony at Fearrington's Garden Terrace and celebrated their "I dos" in The Fearrington Barn! How did y'all meet? Mark and I met in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Though we hung out in the same large group of friends, it wasn’t until late our second year that we could both put names to faces. Mark left to study abroad in Hong Kong the following summer and then I left for Chile, South... Full Post >

From the Inside Looking Out

When planning a meeting or retreat, there are many components to take into account.  In the past few years, having natural light and plenty of windows within the meeting space has become one of the key factors companies look for when selecting a venue.  Fearrington is quite fortunate that there is no bad view in sight.  Whether it is looking out onto the gardens, our Belted Galloway cows in the pasture or Village Center, the landscape immediately gives you a sense of calm and... Full Post >

Elise & David

Elise and David tied the knot on March 14, 2014. They held their ceremony at Fearrington's Willow Oaks and celebrated their "I dos" in The Fearrington Barn! How did y'all meet? During the fall of my freshman year I noticed a cute boy at Carmichael Gym on North Carolina State University's campus. I finally realized I was planning workouts around making eye contact with him! My roommate, Jamie Roberts, told one of David's friends I mentioned him and over Christmas Break, David asked to be... Full Post >

Ladies & Gentlemen: Please Find Your Way to Your Seats!

Help your guests find their way to their seats with a unique escort card and display! Sure, you can go the simple route and print guests' names on a folded paper escort card and line them up on a table. But, why not have a little fun? Escort cards and how they are displayed present a great opportunity to show off your wedding style and share something special with your guests. Whether you personalize each card with a  memory or turn it into a sweet note as a keepsake, there are plenty of... Full Post >