Chris Bohjalian has written sixteen books including nine New York Times bestsellers. His newest came out last month, The Light in the Ruins. While waiting to get my hands on this well received literary whodunit, I picked up one of his older nonfiction works. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Idyll Banter. This collection of newspaper columns written over twelve years for a Vermont newspaper are wonderful thoughts captured by a big city boy who changed directions and moved to a small village. He chronicles how life has changed in many essays, and how contemporary village life can be so appealing. The close relationships and humorous characters are a large part of many columns. Weather related columns show the challenges of slogging through country roads in the deep mud and the beauty of silence when the snow blankets his world.
Watch the video on his website for a taste of Lincoln, Vermont and Idyll Banter.