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Eleanor [Kindle Edition]

Jason Gurley
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Haunting... if you liked The Ocean at the End of the Lane, you'll love Eleanor."
-Peter Cawdron, author of Feedback

"Ambitious, challenging... as original as A Wrinkle in Time."
-Michael Bunker, author of Pennsylvania

Time is a river.

1985. The death of Eleanor's twin sister tears her family apart. Her father blames her mother for the accident. When Eleanor's mother looks at her, she sees only the daughter she lost. Their wounded family crumbles under the weight of their shared grief.

1993. Eleanor is fourteen years old when it happens for the first time... when she walks through an ordinary door at school and finds herself in another world. It happens again and again, but it's only a curiosity until that day at the cliffs. The day when Eleanor dives... and something rips her out of time itself.

And on the other side, someone is waiting for her.


Editorial Reviews

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"Jason Gurley will be a household name one day."
-Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool

"Ambitious, challenging... as original as A Wrinkle in Time."
-Michael Bunker, author of Pennsylvania

"Haunting... if you liked The Ocean at the End of the Lane, you'll love Eleanor."
-Peter Cawdron, author of Feedback

"Gurley's masterful prose is reminiscent of Neil Gaiman... enchanting, magical and powerful."
-Ernie Lindsey, USA Today bestselling author of Sara's Game

"Jason Gurley is the kind of storyteller that makes you excited to sit down and spend a day reading."
-Ted Kosmatka, author of Prophet of Bones

Product Details

  • File Size: 4888 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499570732
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K8IAZ68
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A coming of age story for parents June 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
There is a nasty little secret that each parent has, but thinks is theirs alone. The world wants us to believe that normal people never feel ambivalent about parenthood. That mixture of regret and joy, of resentment and overwhelming love. And above all the certainty that no matter how hard you try, you'll never be good enough. Or the terror that no amount of love will be able to cover your deficiencies. We don't talk about it. But Eleanor does.

Ostensibly, it's the story of a young girl who is overcoming grief. On the surface, Eleanor goes on a quest to heal her family. But underneath, it’s also a story about parental failure and growth. Eleanor is both the heroine and the grail. Through her parents and grandparents the story explores, in a blunt, honest way, the claustrophobia of marriage and parenting and just how powerful the idea of escaping from them can truly be. We sometimes fear we are giving up everything, even our very identities to remain a parent or a spouse. We are allowed to experience the imagined relief of leaving it all behind. Whether through divorce, death, addiction, or denial, the characters become unbound from each other, free.

But a child isn’t a house or a debt or a broken down car. And there are hidden prices to pay for abandoning Eleanor. The themes of inadequacy and abandonment run through the second half of the novel. As the loving actions of Eleanor work on those around her, freedom turns to regret, and then to guilt and resentment, then at last, into empathy and forgiveness.

The overarching message seems to be that we fail. Everyday. As parents, as spouses, as people. Sometimes we get pretty close to good enough. And other times we fail spectacularly.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Achievement May 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Tragedy has a profound effect on any family. A decision made by a family member in the past reverberates throughout time, reshaping possibilities, closing doors that should have been left open and opening ones that should have never even existed. A young girl, struggling with these consequences, finds herself torn from reality by strange forces that will affect her life forever.

A mesmerising mix of surreal fantasy, science fiction and beautifully written drama, Eleanor is one of those rare moments in a reader's lifetime when they start to remember why they love reading so much. A story that grips from the first chapter and never lets go. Exquisitely-crafted characters and breathtaking imagery fuse effortlessly with an ambitious and original plot, bringing to life a story so captivating it refuses to be put down.

While dealing with darker themes such as suicide and addiction, Gurley's greatest strengh as a writer is the empathy he shares with his characters, a decidedly human touch, neither glamourising their decisions or preaching against them but allowing the characters and their actions to speak for themselves. Conventions of genre are refreshingly swept aside. Many will try to tie it down, to quantify it, to classify it, but this book defiantly refuses to be pigeonholed into some obscure sub-genre.

Fans of Jason Gurley's other work will be pleasantly surprised. This is Jason as you've never seen him before. As brilliant as his other work is, this is his most confident and accomplished book yet, and being the culmination of almost ten years work it rightfully demands an audience.

Bravo.
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57 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Visionary, and Heart Touching May 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Only rarely since I first read A WRINKLE IN TIME by (Madeleine L'Engle) as a boy have I read a fiction work as ambitious and challenging as this one. By "challenging" I'm not really referring that term to the reader. As a reader, I just enjoyed the ride and wondered at the complexity and beauty of it. It is great art. By challenging I mean that the author has obviously challenged himself to work outside of the usual bounds, strictures, or tropes of genre (not to mention time, reality, and space). It's almost as if he didn't care what the talking heads or publishing world thought about the book. It's as if he wrote it from his own heart and head, without regard to where it might fit in. That's one of the reasons readers are going to love Eleanor. At it's core Eleanor is just a fantastic story, told with passion by a man who NEEDED to tell it. It becomes much more than that when you realize that the allegorical or metaphorical (or perhaps theological and metaphysical) "laws" being busted in the story are mirrored in the genres and trite expectations being busted outside the story. I offer this book of evidence as exhibit #1 in the case that proves that agents and mainstream publishers are still not adept or flexible enough to seek out and find the gold until after authors and readers have already been making earrings and rings out of it. Perhaps soon Eleanor will be another shining example of a fantastic Indie snapped up by a big publishing house, but for now this book is all ours and readers are the biggest winners. I loved this book. I think you will too.

Michael Bunker
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hauntingly beautiful book May 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was privileged to read not one but two beta drafts and I feel this has allowed me to see Eleanor grow both as a character and a book. This is Jason's masterpiece and with good reason, over a decade of work has gone into the book and it shows. Oddly Eleanor is one of those unlikely tomes which feels dreamlike and ethereal and yet cannot be easily classified, it's somewhere between sci fi and fantasy. That said it also exists in it's own exquisite niche, a kind of betwixt and between where magic exists and dreams are real.

Thanks to the third person present tense, the book has a lyrical quality to it and you're pulled along on a truly magical adventure which is definitely not for children. It's an adult's fairy tale but without the need for sex, violence and instead focuses on the magic, on the things which made all those stories you heard as a child so special. This is Eleanor's adventure and we're privileged to join along with her as she tries to save those closest to her as well as herself.

Seriously, you won't regret reading this book and it will change you. Eleanor is a work of art from the cover through to the final page and Jason Gurley is one of the rising stars of an indie revolution. This book alone will change how you think about self publishing and storytelling for all the right reasons.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful writing
Loved the characters, loved the premise, loved the prose. The story affected me very deeply. Hope we all had reset buttons in life. If only.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
I regret this purchase. It might have been an ok story, but the author just went off in an entirely weird place -- which mind you, I normally am interested --- but he didn't... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and unusual.
Interesting plot. Enjoyable reading.
Published 11 days ago by Bonita Gimple
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange, but in a good way
The author is truly gifted, the writing luminous and descriptive, lovely passages throughout the novel. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Angela@Florida
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that I'd gladly give my time for again.
Everything I've read of Jason's has been incredibly hard to put down, this was no exception. Let's start by saying this book may not be for all but with that, I loved it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Sweenhart
5.0 out of 5 stars At times it's almost painful to read and you shiver from the wet and...
Not your typical story, original and thought provoking. You have to pay attention or you won't know what's happening or understand when it does. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CA Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story
Superb writing and storytelling. I'll read everything this author puts out (past and present). My highest recommendation!
Published 1 month ago by CZ Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't disappointed. Luxurious writing
Had to read this, well, because of all the hype. Wasn't disappointed. Luxurious writing. Compelling story telling. Heart-breaking tale. Enjoyable read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jackie Garlick (Pynaert)
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into and easy to quit trying
This was just too depressing to finish. Why do so many find it a splendid read? I just do not understand the need to read such hopelessness. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy J. Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, meaningful
Amazingly creative. Refreshing, beautiful, meaningful.
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Jason Gurley is the bestselling author of Eleanor, Greatfall, and The Man Who Ended the World, among other books and short stories. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Help Fund My Robot Army!!! and Synchronic. He lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.

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