Apr 6, 2009
In Sunlight in a Beautiful Garden is all about the Johnstown Flood. The flood itself takes only a handful of pages, but the lead up to the disaster is the slowest heartbreak.
This fictional version of the events introduces the reader to characters on both sides of the doomed dam - both the poor families and the wealthy industrialists. The plotting is so slow, and you just know that bad things await. My only wish was that I'd kept notes as I went along. There are so many characters that it would have helped. However, I whole-heartedly recommend this novel.
I give it an 8.