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Finding Casey: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jo-Ann Mapson
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Book Description

Glory Vigil, newly married, unexpectedly pregnant at forty-one, is nesting in the home she and her husband, Joseph, have just moved to in Santa Fe, a house that unbeknownst to them is rumored to have a resident ghost. Their adopted daughter, Juniper, is home from college for Thanksgiving and in love for the very first time, quickly learning how a relationship changes everything. But Juniper has a tiny arrow lodged in her heart, a leftover shard from the day eight years earlier when her sister, Casey, disappeared-in a time before she'd ever met Glory and Joseph. When a fieldwork course takes Juniper to a pueblo only a few hours away, she finds herself right back in the past she thought she'd finally buried.

A love story, a family story, a story of searching and the bond between sisters, Finding Casey is a testament to human resilience. This completely stand-alone novel, featuring beloved characters from Solomon's Oak, will charm Mapson's readers and move her into a larger sphere.


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"Finding Casey is so many things: a love letter to the American Southwest, an unstoppable read, a redemptive tale that proves the threads binding a family are unbreakable, no matter how far apart we are flung by fate. This is why Jo-Ann Mapson is one of my favorite authors—quite simply, she's an archivist of the human heart." —Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lone Wolf and Sing You Home
 
"Finding Casey is a beautiful, rugged journey into the depths of the heart." —Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River novels
 
"No one tunnels as effortlessly into the mysteries of human heart the way that Mapson does. A haunting novel about the way the past travels right along with the present, and how hope can soar when you least expect it." —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
 
"The characters in Jo-Ann Mapson's novels feel hauntingly real—even the ghosts who groan through the pipes now and then. I read Finding Casey in two sittings, and I barely noticed anything else in the world while spending time in this writer's wonderfully capable hands." —Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama
 
"Mapson [shows us] the world as we hope it is—a world in which flawed people can be basically healthy, and even pain has a richness to it...One of the most gifted writers of the contemporary [American] West." —Los Angeles Times
 
"Mapson creates characters so real you could recognize them coming down the road." —Chicago Tribune

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"FINDING CASEY is so many things:  a love letter to the American Southwest, an unstoppable read, a redemptive tale that proves the threads binding a family are unbreakable, no matter how far apart we are flung by fate.   This is why Jo-Ann Mapson is one of my favorite authors -- quite simply, she's an archivist of the human heart."  - --Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lone Wolf and Sing You Home

 "FINDING CASEY is a beautiful, rugged journey into the depths of the heart." --Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River novels
 
"No one tunnels as effortlessly into the mysteries of human heart the way that Mapson does. A haunting novel about the way the past travels right along with the present, and how hope can soar when you least expect it."--Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

"The characters in Jo-Ann Mapson’s novels feel hauntingly real – even the ghosts who groan through the pipes now and then. I read FINDING CASEY in two sittings, and I barely noticed anything else in the world while spending time in this writer’s wonderfully capable hands." --Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama

Product Details

  • File Size: 815 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AW5JJW
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful read November 3, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I first tried to write a review of FINDING CASEY about ten minutes after turning the last page, but as the book hadn't yet been released for sale, I couldn't. Then life got in the way and I forgot about the review. So now I'm more than a month late, but that doesn't reflect how I feel about the book or Jo-Ann Mapson's work. She's one of my top ten favorite authors and a new book from her is always a greatly anticipated event. As someone else said, I just wish she could write faster. FINDING CASEY is a beautiful story and a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. I loved the setting (Santa Fe is a favorite city) and revisiting the characters from SOLOMON'S OAK. I especially enjoyed seeing how well Juniper turned out and the subplot about her missing sister was terrific. Thank you, Jo-Ann, for giving me so many hours of reading pleasure. I hope you gain huge amounts of new readers with this marvelous book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did we all read the same book? January 10, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I keep a notebook of the books I read. Sometimes I enter 5 or 6 at a time before they go back to the library. Every time I saw the cover of this book I realized I couldn't remember what it was about. I even had to read a few of the reviews to remember.

I finished it, but I wasn't impressed. Funny, because I lived in Santa Fe for three years so you'd think I'd have relished revisiting it through the book. But I found her descriptions and insertions of places a bit affected. They weren't long enough to really set the stage and lay out a vision for the reader, yet they were too long and overly done for the situation. They felt as if they were trying too hard.

There were circumstances that didn't seem to have a point and I didn't know why they were mentioned. Here are three but I'm sure there were more considering five minutes ago I couldn't even remember what the book was about.

The first is the ghost. The first chapter is narrated by it/her. We figure that out because the book jacket says the house has a ghost. Then what? Nothing. Until she's mentioned by one of the characters, by way of explaining some random noise. Doris comes up maybe 10 times in the whole book, and each time it's minor: a reference to the cold room or a comment to Doris for opening a door. At the end of the book they renovate part of the house and find a small statue in the wall that says Doris on it - or something similar that ties it to their name for the ghost. It felt like the author wanted to do something with Doris - introduced her, then didn't know where to go with it. The story took off in its own direction and so as an afterthought, she wrapped it up with the little statue.

Second: Juniper named the ghost.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding a Satisfying Read--As Usual October 15, 2012
By Alyse
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I became a Jo-Ann Mapson fan when I stumbled across Bad Girl Creek and decided immediately that I wanted to go and live on the farm with the vivid people she created. In Solomon's Oak (the companion book that precedes Finding Casey), the author begins mixing together the story in the same way that one of its characters, Joe Vigil, might create a great chile: slowly building layer upon layer of interest, spice, fire, flavor and depth. Glory is a grieving widow challenged by the jagged presence of a foster daughter, Juniper, and the too-soon interest in the afore-mentioned Joe. If you are looking for a quick ramble to a predictably happy ending, you will be surprised because their story is ragged and messy and far more true-to-life than most women's fiction. The earlier disappearance of Juniper's sister, Casey, overshadows it all and makes you want to reach for Finding Casey. When you do, it's not a disappointment. Told in parallel tales, you're drawn into Glory and Joe's lives that have not become magically less messy or sticky; Juniper's journey toward adulthood and some kind of closure; and the saga of Laurel and her daughter, Aspen. The contrasts drew me: images of New Mexico that you can practically smell, taste and touch that are the lives of Glory, Joe and Juniper; and the world that exists largely in the mental struggles and memories of Laurel as she reaches backwards and forwards for something she is sure lies beyond her grasp. Do they find Casey? I'm not giving that up. It's definitely worth checking out the books to find out :-) .Solomon's Oak: A Novel Finding Casey: A Novel
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been SO much better November 18, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have never read anything from this author. The story is winding and she builds anticipation, but also predictability. It could have been SO much better. I was left wanting so much more. Climaxes were cut so short. I had to rub pages together thinking "Did I skip a few pages? What just happened? That's it?" I heard about this book on NPR, and special ordered it from B&N. She gave the richest, almost boring, detail about some elements of surroundings or animals or pottery - but when it came to HELLO?! FINDING CASEY... it was a dusting of the hands and now that that is over, let's move on to other boring crap. Really? Really... No... really. Not a total let down, but not a book I'd recommend to a friend. Sorry.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Casey ... a short review October 15, 2012
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Another fine Mapson story, and a continuation of the _Solomon's Oak_ tale. As with the first book, Mapson's characters in _Finding Casey_ are both straightforward and multi-dimensional. The story of a lost girl that began in Solomon's Oak is resolved in this book, and the path to that resolution is captivating. These books are worth reading in order.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great read!
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Started off well... then became predictable and ...
Started off well...then became predictable and less interesting; less believable.
Published 3 months ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
I have read this author for years, I think everything she has written. This book goes to the top of the list as my favorite one by her. Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. Beaverson
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
This is one of the best books I have ever read. So realistic. The author obviously did her homework. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lois A. Losey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As usual Mapson provided a great read.
Published 4 months ago by Lisa S. O'Conner
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Casey
I really loved this book as well as the one right before, Solomon's Oak. I just found this author and will read all of her books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Betty Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars!
wonderful feel good read leaving a sense that everything will always end well. moved much faster than Solomon's Oak. can be read on its own but better after Solomon's Oak.
Published 4 months ago by Sue A. Mowris
4.0 out of 5 stars Love that Santa Fe setting
A very interesting read. I had read the previous book leading up to this one, which added the pleasure of knowing the characters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K.Pri
3.0 out of 5 stars Summer Read
This is a sequel to Solomon's Oak, which I preferred. The characters here don't seem to have any flaws and in fact, are nearly perfect - always saying the right thing or coming up... Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. Campbell
1.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed and not interesting
There are two sets of characters and two plot lines, but none of it interesting enough to finish the story. I read 40% before I deleted this book.
Published 4 months ago by treesaw
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Jo-Ann Mapson (1952-) was born in So. California, now lives just outside Santa Fe, NM. Author of 12 novels, winner of the ALA RUSA award for Solomon's Oak, contemporary women's fiction, several Indie Bound selections, and anthologies. She teaches fiction in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her former students include Heather Lende, Judith Ryan Hendricks, and Earlene Fowler. Her papers are being collected in Boston University's Twentieth Century Jo-Ann Mapson's collection. She is married and has a grown son, several rescue Italian greyhounds, and is at work on a new novel. Her website is joannmapson.com.

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