Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
With not only an interesting book cover, this was an entirely interesting book!
Mr. Splitfoot alternates between two different story-lines. The first tells the story of Ruth and Nat who live at the Love of Christ foster home. Two teenagers stuck in a religious group home in upstate New York. Unsure what they’ll do when they turn 18 and ‘age out’ of the Love of Christ! facility, Ruth is ready to consider desperate measures to find some kind of future for herself and her best friend. An option turns up when the two meet a traveling con man, Mr. Bell, who suggests that they start profiting off Nat’s reputed ability to speak to the dead – one he’s so far only used to scare and entertain the fellow foster kids at the home. Mr. Bell also comes from an unusual religious background, we learn – his father was the leader of an apocalyptic cult. Is this commonality of experience the reason he’s drawn to Ruth and Nat, or is there a different agenda behind his seeking them out?
The second story-line is told simultaneously with the first, but it takes place years after the first. This story follows Cora, Ruth’s niece. Cora is impregnated by a sleazy acquaintance she keeps named Lord. Shortly after Cora gets pregnant, Ruth shows up wanting Cora to follow her. Something’s different this time though, Ruth just shows up with no car or anything, and she is completely mute, but it’s clear that Ruth wants Cora to come with her. Cora and Ruth set off, on foot, across New York State.
Mr. Splitfoot is a great original story that’s well worth the read if you’re in the mood for something a little bizarre, and that will keep you guessing till the end!