Ted Odenwald

Varina: A Novel

Charles Frazier. Varina: A Novel. New York: Harper Collins, 2018. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald In 1906, Varina, Howell Davis, the 80-year-old widow of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, is confronted in her Saratoga Springs, New York, residence by James Blake, an African-American teacher. Blake has with him a history of […]

In the Midst of Winter: A Novel

Isabel Allende. In the Midst of Winter: A Novel. New York: Atria Books, 2017. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald Isabel Allende’s novel has the makings of a mystery: a young woman’s frozen body is discovered in the trunk of a car driven by an illegal, unlicensed alien, who is working […]

Janesville: An American Story

Amy Goldstein. Janesville: An American Story. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017. As Reviewed by Ted Odenwald Janesville, Wisconsin, population 63,000 was the home of the oldest working GM plant. For eight and a half decades, the plant had operated “like a mythy wizard, order[ing] the city’s rhythms.” But two […]