Lark and Termite is set during the 1950s
in West Virginia and Korea. It is a story of the power of loss and love, the
echoing ramifications of war, family secrets, dreams and ghosts, and the
unseen, almost magical bonds that unite and sustain us.
center, two children: Lark, on the verge of adulthood, and her brother,
Termite, a child unable to walk and talk but filled with radiance. Around them,
their mother, Lola, a haunting but absent presence; their aunt Nonie, a
matronly, vibrant woman in her fifties, who raises them; and Termite’s father,
Corporal Robert Leavitt, who finds himself caught up in the chaotic early
months of the Korean War.
with deep feeling, the novel invites us to enter into the hearts and thoughts
of the leading characters, even into Termite’s intricate, shuttered
consciousness. We are with Leavitt, trapped by friendly fire alongside the
Korean children he tries to rescue. We see Lark’s dreams for Termite and her
own future, and how, with the aid of a childhood love and a spectral social
worker, she makes them happen. We learn of Lola’s love for her soldier husband
and her children, and unravel the mystery of her relationship with Nonie. We
discover the lasting connections between past and future on the night the town
experiences an overwhelming flood, and we follow Lark and Termite as their
lives are changed forever. Download and start listening now!