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A Hunger in the Heart [Kindle Edition]

Kaye Park Hinckley
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“Kaye Park Hinckley’s novel, A Hunger in the Heart, is a story of hope, forgive¬ness, and redemption. It’s a great read in the tradition of southern fiction.”
—Winston Groom, author of Shiloh, 1862 and Forrest Gump

“Kaye Park Hinckley is a writer with a sensitive ear and a keenly developed sympa¬thy for her characters. Her debut novel, A Hunger in the Heart, marks the begin¬ning of a promising career in the world of fiction.”
—Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama

It is 1955 Florida, and Kaye Park Hinckley’s debut novel, A Hunger in the Heart, brings it alive with memorable flawed characters who all desire something. Sarah Neal longs for her husband, Putt, a WWII hero with a traumatic brain injury, to be like he was before the war. Because he can’t be, she fills her longing with whiskey. Coleman, their son, needs his father and wants his mother’s love and affection. C.P., the B.O.S.S. of Gator Town, Florida, and Putt’s dad and Coleman’s grandfather, wants everything to be normal, and he yearns for his dead wife’s forgiveness.

They all must learn how to live through tragedy and treachery when Putt is accused of a heinous crime. Fig, the gardener, with commonsense wisdom explains to Coleman, “. . . a hero makes a choice to put somebody else ahead of himself,” and Anna, Coleman’s first love, teaches him the most valuable lesson of all.

This is a story, ultimately, of hope and love: How we find it and thrive in even the darkest circumstances.


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From the Back Cover

"Kaye Park Hinckley's novel, A Hunger in the Heart, is a story of hope, forgiveness, and redemption. It's a great read in the tradition of southern fiction."

Winston Groom, Author of Forrest Gump and Shiloh, 1862
 
 
"Kaye Park Hinckley is a writer with a sensitive ear and a keenly developed sympathy for her characters.  Her debut novel, A Hunger in the Heart, marks the beginning of a promising career in the  world of fiction. 
 
Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama

About the Author

KAYE PARK HINCKLEYs fiction has appeared in several literary journals, including Dappled Things and the Tuscany Press Prize-Winner Short Story Anthology. Her own short story collection, Birds of a Feather, will be available in July, 2014, published by Wise Blood Books.  She is the 2014 First Runner Up in Fiction for Poets & Writers Magazine's Maureen Egen Award for her latest novel, Faithful.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2463 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00FWMYSYU
  • Publisher: Tuscany Press, LLC; 1 edition (March 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BRYKP0I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,114 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read!!! March 18, 2013
By shoots5
Format:Kindle Edition
The writer's style is Southern, and more. She is a Catholic, published by a Catholic Press, and I see some of Flannery O'Connor in her novel and its characters. In "Mystery and Manners," O'Connor states: "I have found that violence is strangely capable of returning my characters to reality and preparing them to accept their moment of grace." There are moments of grace in "A Hunger in the Heart," that will take the reader's breath.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!! March 18, 2013
By Chris H
Format:Kindle Edition
What Mark Childress said about the author's "sensitive ear and keenly developed sympathy for her
characters," is true. The characters in "A Hunger in the Heart" are drawn with compassion and hope,
and their epiphanies are satisfying. Still, at the end of the book, I sense something is not quite right
with Coleman, and wonder how the injuries of his childhood might affect his future years as
an adult. Sequel?? I would love one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Feel Like You Are There May 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A Hunger in the Heart takes the reader on a rough ride through the emotional mines of a disfunctional Southern family. The author is quite talented in descriptive detail. She really draws a the reader into the story and there are some excellent reflections which make a person want to reread the sentence or the paragraph so as to remember that particular part.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yearning March 19, 2013
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A Hunger in the Heart so beautifully illustrates the yearnings of the soul across all the stages of life. The well-developed and almost familiar characters along with the author's lush and vibrant descriptions make this an incredibly satisfying read. The author really nails the setting and feel of life in the late 1950's in the deep South. This is an example of meaningful writing sprung from experiences of the heart. Tender and compelling, I enjoyed every word.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Novel March 17, 2013
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This reader was captured by the first chapter of this book. Filled with love, faith and forgiveness, the characters are so intensely intriguing that they feel like they could be a part of your own past or present. The story touches your heart and soul from cover to cover and reminds us, though we are all flawed, we are still loved and held in the hands of God.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!! March 14, 2013
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I read this book because of the blurbs by two of my favorite Southern writers, Winston Groom and Mark Childress. When I finished it, I could see why they endorsed "A Hunger in the Heart." It's great Southern fiction and more, with its sense of place, strong narrative voices, kinship, sense of empending doom, and a kind of humour indigenous to the South. The story of the Bridgeman family is a poignant one, even heart-breaking at times, and yet edifying because these characters seem like people I know or have known who inevitably 'get through' difficult situations. On a deeper level, "A Hunger in the Heart" is the hunger for love. The book left me with some understanding of how members of any family either contribute to, or relieve, spiritual isolation in another member.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is Always Hope July 6, 2013
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"A Hunger in the Heart" by Kaye Park Hinckley grips the reader's heart from the very beginning. It is a poignant narrative of perseverance; the finely drawn characters endure serious difficulties. The individuals cope in their own distinct ways, supporting each other as best they can, even if at times the best is toleration. But they never give up. Coleman watches his father, a decorated war hero, struggle with insanity as his mother succumbs to alcohol. Coleman's grandfather, who isn't in good health himself, does everything he can to hold the family together. The faithful Fig, who has served his grandfather and family since the boy can remember, is always there to help, all the while dishing out words of encouragement and faith. Catholic values and devotions are gently injected throughout the story. At first I resented repeated references to a crucifix hanging around a drunkard's neck until I realized that it's a perfect reminder of Christ's mission. "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners" (Mark 2:17).

I am not very familiar with this genre, but I do know fantastic characterization and a strong story when I see them. My only complaint is that I would have liked to have spent a little more time with some of the characters, a few of whom could inspire separate stories of their own. "A Hunger in the Heart" is a powerful, emotional read. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Beautifully written in the tradition of southern literary fiction. The novel works in so many ways, but finds its genius in the crafting of memorable characters, each deeply flawed but searching. Aren't we all? The novel is not overly sentimental, but is still infused with the reality that hope finds its realization in love. A book that will inspire you, and then you'll re-read to savor the prose.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Characters
A Hunger in the Heart is the kind of book which is hard to put down because of the masterful dialogue. Read more
Published 11 days ago by E.McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant prose and classic Southern style.
Elegant prose and classic Southern style.
Published 4 months ago by Karen Ullo
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie Mundell
The lives of the characters are relatable and real. The author really understands human emotions and portrays an understanding of the human psyche that is void in many of today's... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stephanie Mundell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Great book. Kaye's writing sings with literary southern flavor, just the thing I love to stumble upon.
Published 8 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy and enjoyable read...full of hope and inspiration
I loved this book. I laughed; I cried. The dialogue was so authentic, I could literally hear the conversations. Read more
Published 9 months ago by terese
4.0 out of 5 stars A story of grace
I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Hunger in the Heart. Kaye Park Hinckley has a very engaging writing style and I especially appreciate the way she illustrates the grace given to her... Read more
Published 9 months ago by WB Henley
4.0 out of 5 stars Love is an endless circle.
This novel explores familial relationships after the trauma of war. It demonstrates the redemptive power of love. It delineates the underlying heart of ambivalence. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Prindaville
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This book was difficult for me to trust entirely. I kept waiting for the other shoe to fall. And it usually did. What else could happen? We found out. Oh, help! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mary Margaret Hewes
4.0 out of 5 stars Deals with issues we need to address
There is the returning injured veteran - there are addictions - there is racism and a child must learn to cope and grow up with these.
Published 14 months ago by Sarah J Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre read
Short read with an premise that might had made it a great book. There was little character or plot development. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Thomasine M. Cuscaden
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More About the Author

Friends who know me ask how I kept hope of someday finding a publisher during the raising of my five children, along with my commitment to run a business for nearly twenty years. I answer that a woman is by nature creative. Home, family and community are actually springboards to creativity. Aspiration is sparked by her heart, is strengthened her trials, and finds its way into the concrete world through commitment to truth.

My writing is concerned with error and Truth. When Truth is exchanged for lies of the moment, you have a story that begins in the human heart--when hatred replaces love because my new enemy doesn't look or think like me, when anger becomes a fist to the face of a wife, or child, or friend, when a hidden hand steals because what it has is not enough, when every hunger must be satisfied, when my place in the sun is secured by dishonesty. By the standard set in our hearts, these are failings. So, after our failings, what is possible? Contrition, forgiveness, and redemption. My stories contain these themes. They are stories about what it means to be an imperfect person in an imperfect world.


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