During a 36-mile bike ride on the T-Bone Trail in Iowa, my husband and I filled an hour talking idly about books. I recommended Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, a college novel about an English major’s four years at an idyllic small college in Minnesota. (I blogged about this a few days ago here.) My husband admitted that it sounded like his kind of book, but explained that he could not read a book with THAT cover.
What a pity it was marketed as a fantasy instead of as literary fiction with a smidgen of magic realism.
By the way, Dean says in her afterword that her introduction to the ballad of “Tam Lin” was the version by English folk rock group Fairport Convention. Coincidentally, my husband heard Fairport Convention perform “Tam Lin” at the Cornell Folk Festival in 1974.
And here is a YouTube version of Fairport Convention’s “Tam Lin.”