- File Size: 719 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Running Rabbit Press (December 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009J7D1AG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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More About the Author
Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring complex characters and rich details of time and place. She lives in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, but has previously lived in Seattle; Bellingham, WA; Tacoma, WA; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Although the majority of her books are self-published, she also partners with Lake Union Publishing on select titles.
She has held a broad and bizarre range of "day jobs" while pursuing a career as a novelist. Included among these are zoo keeper, show dog handler, bookseller, and yarn dyer.
Libbie's writerly influences are varied, and include Hilary Mantel, Vladimir Nabokov, Annie Dillard, Michael Ondaatje, George R. R. Martin, songwriter Neko Case, and mixed-media storyteller Chris Onstad, among others.
Top Customer Reviews
I downloaded the book on my kindle and I read half of it in one sitting.
What captured me was the story, but as I progressed in it I realized that this writer's prose was worthy of a more measured and slower reading. I absolutely loved her description of the America West. I told my wife that I felt like I was reading a painting.
So I slowed down my reading in order to better appreciate this writer's prose. She definitely has a gift beyond storytelling. Her descriptions are stunningly vivid and as worthy of praise as her storytelling skills.
The only (minor) complaint I have is that I found several misspellings, mostly of the kind spell checkers don't find. In very few cases they were distracting enough to slow the flow of my reading. I would say that at the most there were 6 to 9 such misspellings. I logged most of them with my Kindle app.
Definitely this is a book worthy of much wider distribution. This year I read 5 or 6 novels by far more famous authors but this book is my favorite for 2012. Hands down.
I am looking forward to more books, but I have a feeling I will read this book again in another year or so. it's that good.
I liked the use of language, I felt for the main character, and the end of the book moved me. The author is obviously a skilled writer. There were times when the sentences were a bit too purple for my taste, but there was never a moment when I didn't want to finish the book. When I put it down, I looked forward to picking it up again (five stars is when I'm sad to have to put the book down). There were a handful of errors in the book (like swapping "live" for "life"), which is a shame since the writing is so strong. Every sentence is poetic, so I would reread a sentence multiple times if there was an error, assuming initially that the mistake was mine. It pulled me out of the book. It also lost one star for a little too much repetition - I get it, the roads in Rexburg are wide.
It's very fade-to-black in the sex-scenes department, which is a pro or a con depending on taste. I don't need fifty shades, but I wouldn't have minded a bit more description. A couple times I wasn't initially sure if a relationship was actually consummated because it was so poetically, yet vaguely, described.
That's it, though. My only criticisms.
The writing is really strong. If you liked Paul Harding's Tinkers then you would probably like this, and Baptism for the Dead has a better story to support the poetic prose. If reading about someone who questions the existence of God bothers you, then this is not the book for you. I would recommend this book (especially if the few errors were corrected), and read future books from this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this wonderful, evocative work of literary fiction. The first-person narrator tells her story of growing up in and then leaving the little Mormon town of Rexburg, Idaho... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Edwin A. Suominen
There's something special about accompanying another person on their quest to find their way into or out from a religious tradition that is not your own. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judith Kelsey-Powell, Kindle Customer
I 've re-read your "how to write a story" before I read this one, and feel like you could do better for the whole concept
teaching others how to outline and write stories if... Read more
A jewel of a book, one of the best novels I've read in a long time, with near-perfect literary phrasing and dense, sumptuous descriptions of the landscape of our great western... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JAH
I wept through half of this book. Enjoyed it very much. I recommend it to anyone and look forward to reading more from this authorPublished 16 months ago by allATsea
The book is so eloquently written and paints a beautiful picture you can't help feeling a part of it. I love this book!Published 17 months ago by Vanessa Werner
A poetically written search for self, purpose, place and God beginning through the small lense of one town and moving through the kaleidoscope of the natural world.Published 17 months ago by poetreegirl
I started reading this out of curiosity and kept reading because I was drawn in by the story. I do believe in God and His love for us. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I would have given this a 5 star but the only thing I did not like in the book was that it was too descriptive about things. The story was great and I really enjoyed reading it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by A. L. PUTMAN
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