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East of Denver - excerpt from 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry Kindle Edition

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Amazon.com Review

Overall: 5-stars; Exquisitely beautiful writing - I'm astonished that this isn't published already. Great characterization through events and dialogue. Fantastic (and immediate) hook. Emotionally painfully to read, but terribly rewarding at the same time. Not saccharine, despite the subject matter. Hook: 5-stars; Dead body? Senile father? Mysterious missing checks? Draining bank account? Major life move? I must know more! Prose: 5-stars; professional quality and somehow lyrical and earthy at the same time. Reminds me somehow of Earnest Gaines' writing, but with a sharper, more immediate edge. Very lovely. Originality: 5-stars; This is the only excerpt I can think of this year that starts with a dead cat and ends with a dead body. Seriously, this is incredibly original - everything seems very fresh, creative, and new. Well done!

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A very thoughtful look into the world of father/son dynamics when the son has to start caring for the father. Very descriptive, I enjoyed the folky comparisons. (Hotter than a popcorn fart, highly amused me.)

Product Details

  • File Size: 34 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (March 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 22, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TEYTGO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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I loved this excerpt! The author does a wonderful job creating atmosphere and a landscape as a setting for this novel. I laughed quite a few times at the dialogue and enjoyed all the observations by the narrator. I think my husband would really like to read this novel as well. Hopefully one day it gets published so we have a chance to read it in its entirety.

Good luck with your manuscript.
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It feels a little strange writing a review of two chapters of a story, but this excerpt definitely does its job: it makes you want to read more. Hill wastes no time and in a few paragraphs creates a main character that is equally hilarious and intriguing. The sense of humor reminds me a bit of Joe R. Lansdale and the Cohen Brothers but is not contrived. Hill writes in a very economical style that keeps things moving in a refreshing "less is more" approach. These two chapters are packed with enough left-of-center humor, poignant moments, and interesting plot developments to make me anticipate the full release.
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Right from the start, this one captured my interest. The dead cat, the inability to smell, the need to make the trip out of Denver to bury the cat. The senile father is familiar and heart-rending, real and believable, and I can "see" the farm -- what it once was and what it has become. The scene about finding the housekeeper made me laugh outloud. Now he is living with his dad, learning the truth about the man's finances, wishing he didn't have to do this, yet making the best of it, and it all makes me want to know more. I'm looking forward to finishing this one some day!
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So far, this is my autobiography - well, not quite. I live two hours east of Denver and I enjoyed the rare description of the praries of Colorado- usually, it's the mountains. My great grandfather homesteaded East of Eaton, where two of my grandsons live. I like the style and the premise, come on, what's next? Can't wait.
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