Lark and Termite (Hardcover)
Summer '10 Reading Group List
“I highly recommend Lark & Termite, Jayne Anne Phillips's imaginative, powerfully moving, and beautifully written new novel. A young girl takes care of her half-brother, abandoned by their mother and living with a loving aunt in West Virginia. The boy can't walk or talk, but is 'full of radiance.' In alternate chapters, the boy's father fights in Korea to keep a Korean family safe from 'friendly fire.' This is Phillips' first novel in nine years, and it is well worth the wait.”
— Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
February 2009 Indie Next List
“Set in early 1950s West Virginia and Korea, Lark & Termite is a mysterious and subtly heroic tale of community, war, and the heart's wondrous capacities, providing the most moving and dramatic work of this writer's distinguished career.”
— Richard Howorth, Square Books, Oxford, MS
Set in the 1950s in West Virginia and Korea, "Lark and Termite" is a story of the power of loss and love; the echoing ramifications of war, family secrets, dreams and ghosts; and the unseen, almost magical bonds that unite and sustain a family.