Reviews of Crooked River Burning (2001)
Review by mojosmom (2004-08-19)
For a 500+ page book, this sure went fast! Despite the fact that it covers a twenty-one year period, it moves quickly.
I'm very impressed with the way Winegarden wove historical people and events into his narrative in a very unforced way, making their impact on the characters natural and credible. David's political and legal career, Anne's journalism career, and their families connections in politics, the mob, etc., make the connections valid.
Winegardner uses an unusual device to give us biographical information about many of the characters, fictional and real. He addresses them in the second person and tells them their own story. Odd as it sounds, it works.
Although the jacket bio doesn't say so, Winegardner was the former sportswriter for the Cleveland Free Times, and it shows. He writes about the Cleveland Indians and Browns in a way that even a non-sports fan can appreciate.