Three Farmers on their Way to a Dance

Sometimes, when you're struggling with a book or story, it helps to return to one of your inspirations, one of the books that got you started on your path, one of the books that stick with you long after you've forgotten the plot details, the specifics. Richard Powers' Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance  is like that for me. Its three interconnecting narratives that try to make sense of the First World War, one taking place during that period, and two others that are trying to understand the consequences. Its erudite in the least pretentious sense of the word and a good place for any one wanting to start with Powers.