Lark and Termite, a gorgeous novel written by the extremely talented Jayne Anne Phillips, is quite the character study. Told from four different family members' points of view, the story takes place over four days in two different locations and time periods - the 1950 No Gun Ri massacre in Korea and a small West Virginia town in 1959. Each character in this moving tale is trapped in his/her own way, and Phillips expertly allows the reader immersion into their minds and insight into their most intimate thoughts. Lark and Termite offers very little action, so if a slow-moving drama isn't your thing, you should probably skip this one. However, I felt the languid pace permitted the author's unique voice to be clearly heard, and allowed the reader the anticipation for the big reveal in the end. This story moved me to tears and is one that will stay with me for quite some time.
Lark, her brother Termite, their mother Lola, and Termite's soldier father, Robert Leavitt, must deal with family secrets, ghosts, and the repercussions of the Korean War on their personal relationships in 1950s West Virginia.