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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Main Street Rag Publishing; 1 edition (2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1599482916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599482910
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,242,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A NOTE FROM LOREEN NIEWENHUIS, AUTHOR AND ADVENTURER: "I so appreciate you checking out my books on Amazon.com, but I encourage you to purchase my work from your local independent bookstore. I believe that independent bookstores are vital to our communities and to keeping literature rich and varied and alive.

If you're not sure where your closest indie bookstore is located, go here:

http://www.indiebound.org/indie-store-finder

"Thank you!"

Loreen Niewenhuis grew up in Michigan and has lived there most of her life. She pursued a life of science, getting a Bachelor, then Master of Science degrees. She worked in various aspects of that world including a hospital laboratory, basic animal research, and a bone marrow transplant group.

While taking a break from this work to raise her sons, Loreen began writing fiction. This evolved into a passion and she returned to school to get her MFA from Spalding University. In 2009, her short story collection, SCAR TISSUE, was a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award.

In 2009 she decided to explore Lake Michigan fully by walking around it. The fascinating account of her journey, A 1000-MILE WALK ON THE BEACH: ONE WOMAN'S TREK OF THE PERIMETER OF LAKE MICHIGAN, was released in 2011 by Crickhollow Books. The book spent several weeks on the Heartland Indie Bestseller List in 2011 and won "Best Non-Fiction Beach Read" in 2012.

Loreen's novella, ATLANTA, was released in June 2011 by Main Street Rag Publishing.

In 2012, Loreen took another long walk, this time a 1000-mile hike touching all five Great Lakes. The book about this adventure -- and about the geology, hydrology and ecology of the Great Lakes -- will be released in June of 2013. It is called: A 1000-MILE GREAT LAKES WALK.

Learn more about her and her work at: http://LakeTrek.com

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The interactions between the characters is well crafted.
readinghero
The only issue I see is that there are so many characters, with so many issues and so little space that you really do not get a sense of resolution.
Albert Robbins III
These are lives that matter, if only because they live so true.
Zinta Aistars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Albert Robbins III on September 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Overall Feedback: The story is very intriguing as you follow the characters through a bit of their lives in Atlanta. The only issue I see is that there are so many characters, with so many issues and so little space that you really do not get a sense of resolution. There just is not time to come to that and that takes away from the story just a bit.

Point of View: Reader beware as you will be taking on the role and point of view of a multitude of characters. This can be maddening if you are trying to focus on any one character or if that is a way you like your stories told.

Voice: This is where the author delivers as she brings us through these lives and shows us how minutely we can cross paths with one another.

Character Development: Without resolution. except for one character, you grow to have fond feelings for all involved in the story.

Plot: The author does a great job in taking a fine thread and pulling everything together by the end.

Dialogue: The dialogue is well placed and only creates more feeling for the characters.

Pacing: You progress perfectly through the story only to be left hanging.

Setting: Goes to show you there is more to the ATL than meets the eye.

Continuity: If the author was any more perfect in her ability to draw a story together she would be called a genius, okay well I am calling her one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By readinghero on June 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
I couldn't put this book down. The interactions between the characters is well crafted. Their stories fill the pages with hope, fear,defeat, humor and success. The author writes with real in sight and compassion about the human experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zinta Aistars on February 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is embarrassing. I'm about to confess to judging a book by its cover. And I knew better, I did! I knew the author, Loreen Niewenhuis, from her previous travelogue/memoir, "A 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach," which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I knew this author is a skilled writer … and yet, and yet, I let this book sit on my table for a very, very long time. Unread. Because of the cover. Let's face it, it looks like a travel guide to Atlanta.

I've been to Atlanta, and perhaps it was the circumstances surrounding me at the time, but I didn't particularly enjoy the trip. I'd look at this cover and feel not one degree above lukewarm, and I would end up picking another book to read. You know, with a more enticing cover.

Well, enough already about the unexciting cover. I finally did get past it to the first page. And from then on, gasp, I kept paging until the very end, completely enthralled.

The scene opens with Bruce the janitor. He is preparing to buff the floor. While doing so, he lights up a joint. Soon, he gets off work to pick up a street walker, Janine, pays her $50 to hold his hand, nothing more, just hold his hand. What Bruce really wants, aside from having his hand held, is to buy a puppy.

And off we go, one interesting character of another, as if disconnected, yet all dotting Atlanta and bringing it to life, like one light going on after another throughout the city, until it is all aglow with the shimmer of humanity.

An intricate weaving forms the fabric of Atlanta. Mothers and daughters, brothers and sisters, neighbors and people in passing, all expose their most vulnerable places to Niewenhuis's light—and to the reader.
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