The Search Committee, by Tim Owens, Tyndale House, 2012.
Occasionally, very occasionally, I buy books for myself. Usually they are classics. Or, like with The Search Committee, I know the author. In this case, he is part of my writers' group. I have read short pieces of his before and know him to have an intriguing voice in his writing and a strong sense of humor and some quirky characters. All of that is present in The Search Committee. I was, however, surprised by how Southern this novel is.
The real main character in this book is the setting. I had just finished reading Barbara O'Connor's How to Steal a Dog before I started The Search Committee. It was amazing how well the writing dovetailed -- it wasn't the same -- Ms O'Connor writes for children, but there is a quality to the writing that is shared by both authors. In case you are wondering, I love Barbara O'Connor's writing, so I loved the writing in The Search Committee as well.
The Search Committee ostensibly is about the four women and three men who make up a committee searching for a new pastor for their church. Every main character is given a view point and flashbacks to his or her past. I don't really have a problem with that. I do, however, think this book could have been improved by tighter editing. That, to me, is more a reflection on the publishing house than on the author.
I do know that Mr. Owens is working on another book. I do know that I'll be buying it when it is released. And I do know that I expect to enjoy it.