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  • 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, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009J7D1AG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Visit Libbie Hawker's web site: http://libbiehawker.com

Libbie was born in Rexburg, Idaho and divided her childhood between Eastern Idaho's rural environs and the greater Seattle area. She presently lives in Seattle, but has also been a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah; Bellingham, Washington; and Tacoma, Washington. She loves to write about character and place, and is inspired by the bleak natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain region and by the fascinating history of the Puget Sound. She will opt for high mountains, sage deserts, and heavy rainclouds over a sunny, sandy beach any day of the week.

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, yarn dyer, and wedding photographer, to name only a few.

When she's not writing, Libbie is hiking, painting landscapes and portraits with pastel and watercolor, road tripping through the West, and rockhounding.

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.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sk3ptik0n on October 21, 2012
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Full disclosure: I don't know the author from Adam (or should I say "Eve"?). I bought the book because it was featured on one of the blogs I read daily and the excerpt I read made me want to read more.
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 1, 2012
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I downloaded the sample and was drawn in, so I bought the book. The book is very literary, with vivid, poetic prose. There are some not-so-great self published works out there, but this is the cream. In my only-an-avid-reader opinion, this is publishable quality.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By poetreegirl on August 29, 2014
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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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Love Me Some Fiction on May 1, 2013
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THe writing is stunningly beautiful, some of the best that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Some books are great reads and I really love those. Some, though, are not only that but also so exquisitely written that they are works of fine art, much like a masterpiece painting. Poignant, layered, deeply moving, what else can I say?

THe author takes us into the world of Mormonism and the struggle of one woman who finds she simply cannot believe. I don't want to divulge too much of the plot here because it is like a rare flower unfolding. It shouldn't be spoiled. Let me just say there is heartache, loneliness, love, romance, and the awful prospect of freedom that is both exhilarating and painful. Leaving behind everything you have been taught is difficult, but sometimes we simply have no choice.

You MUST read this book. You must.

*I am also an author and, as such, I at times review other books that I have read and enjoyed. I was not asked for this review, and I bought this book. Since I have been a reader way longer than an author, I reserve my right to praise books I enjoy and encourage others to read them. If for some reason you feel an author cannot review fairly, please ignore it and read the other ones. Thank you!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Amos on October 5, 2013
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This book, this story, is just absolutely gorgeous. I doubt my words can do justice how lovely this book was. I could have highlighted the whole book it's so beautifully-written. And yet, it wasn't too dense or hard to read either. It's one you'd want to read slowly, so that you wouldn't miss a single word. You'd want to linger on the thoughts and feelings and wonder what they mean to you.

The story is so delicate, raw, sad and yet so full of hope. It's about religion and faith, but it's not here to preach. It's just intensely personal, the story of this one woman and her struggle around faith and God and the afterlife. It's a love story of duty and faith and passion and self.

The reader is pulled in immediately by the rich details and history, caught up in her life on the brink of change, begging for change, and whoa boy does she get it! So many times in this I found myself clutching at my heart with a knot in my throat. So good. So deeply personal and delicate and unforgettable.

Very highly recommended!
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