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

Gregory Hill
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Editorial Reviews 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! Review

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: 24 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars East of Denver - ABNA 2011 May 13, 2011
By Amy K.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A deserving winner of the Breakthrough Novel Award June 24, 2011
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I was delighted to see that East of Denver was named winner. I have only had the excerpt from the contest, but I'll read it all. I loved the characters, the setting, the laid-back attitude. Can't wait to see what happens next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars East of Denver June 6, 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read and I Want More! June 2, 2011
By vtnonna
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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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