"The Duet" by Robert Elmer

Posted on Wed 20 August 2008 in ClubReading

They say opposites attract. It was certainly true for the two protagonists in "The Duet."

  • Gerrit Appledorn is a dairy farmer in the Dutch community of Van Dalen, Washington.  Joan Horton is a professor of musicology at the world-famous Gaylord School of Music in New York.
  • He is retired by doctor's orders because of a heart condition.  His son now owns and operates the fourth generation family dairy farm. She is taking a one-year sabbatical in part to allow her son to live in her Long Island home while she is away.  She is giving piano lessons to beginning students in Van Dalen.
  • He is a member of the First Dutch Reformed Church.  She is a member of the Nazarene Church.
  • He believes in predestination...God is responsible for whatever happens and when it happens.  She believes in choice...you reap what you show.
  • The only thing they have in common is they are both widowed.

The story is interesting.  However, the writing style is a little different...rather clipped...matter-of-fact.  I wonder if it is because the author is a man.