REVIEWED BY ANNE ELIZABETH WEISGERBER
Curing Time by Tim Swink | Pegasus Books, 2014 | ISBN: 978-0991099313 | 212 pages
Curing Time by Tim Swink is a southern tale, highlighting the struggles of North Carolina tobacco farmers, circa 1957-9. The plot braids together a love story, local folklore, legacy farming, and predatory banking. Farmer Hume Rankin is pitted against a big Bank and the inevitable agribusiness juggernaut that will influence its lending practices.
Curing Time is a Greensboro News & Record 2014 Reader’s Choice Award Winner, and Swink was voted best local author, to boot. I like the book; it doesn’t shy away from conversations about race, poverty, and marital devotion. As someone interested in agronomy, I especially enjoyed passages that detailed the old methods when crops were planted, tended, and harvested by hand. In today’s homogenized and globalized world, it’s a treat to read literature that has local color, and shows universal themes of struggle and redemption on dear stages.
To me, Curing Time is enjoyable as buying great barbecue from a roadside trailer, or enjoying fresh oysters on ice at the dock: all treasured souvenirs for a well-traveled reader… (read the rest of review)