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"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
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tuscany Press, LLC (March 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939627060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939627063
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,186,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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This is a character-based novel set in a small Southern town in the mid-fifties. From the patriarch of the Bridgeman family to Fig, the black, true-blood-son who limps around with a wooden foot, the people shine through as real as your next door neighbors. Or members of your own family. Even through their flaws, you root for them to overcome their various obstacles. Young Coleman yearns for the mental wounds his dad suffered in WWII to heal so his mother will stop drowning her sorrows for their empty life in a bottle. That his mother is comforted by a counselor who obviously adores her threatens the peace between his parents that Coleman so desires. Meanwhile, the patriarch, C.P., frets about his son, his grandson, and his daughter-in-law. His only relaxation comes when he takes Coleman fishing. Things take a turn for the worse when his son is accused of raping a neighbor.
How that scenario is handled and what happens when the man responsible for changing the course of all their lives shows up . . . well, that's another story. The time and place, the imagery, the language, and the people reminded this reader of her days in a small Southern town in North Carolina. Exceptionally well done, Kaye Park Hinkley.
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