The Easter House
by David Rhodes
The largest residence in Ontarion, Iowa, looms over the town and three
generations of the Easters. A minister favored by the townspeople until he
rescued a Caliban-like creature from a carnival sideshow, Ansel Easter paved a
difficult path for his sons, C and Sam. After Ansel’s violent death, no one in
town was surprised when his children abandoned the house their father built in
search of a new beginning.
Unable to shake Ansel’s burdensome legacy from afar, the brothers return separately to the house. C and his wife start a junkyard in the expansive lawn of the Easter house and barter used appliances, cars, and random items for necessities. Eventually, C and Sam create a more lucrative business: the Associates, a group of men offering services for a fee. When a rash of deaths occur and the Ontarions suspect the Associates, the sins of the father appear to revisit the sons.
Shocking and suspenseful, The Easter House is an engrossing story of family redemption and survival. Originally published in 1974, David Rhodes’ second novel captures the oppressive somnolence of a small community while intertwining elements of the American gothic tradition, illuminating the strangeness that lurks beneath the surface.
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