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Rarity from the Hollow [Kindle Edition]

Robert Eggleton
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Book Description

'Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother has lost her teeth, and her best friend is killed by her own father. Life in The Hollow in West Virginia isn't great. But Lacy Dawn has one advantage—she's been befrended by a semi-organic semi-robot (DotCom, alias Buddy) who works with her to 'cure' her parents. Buddy wants something in exchange, though. It's up to Lacy Dawn to save the universe.' —Books for a Buck

'Imagine Wizard of Oz and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy smashed together and taking place in a hollow in the hills of West Virginia.' —Adicus Ryan Garton, Editor, AtomJack

'quirky, profane, disturbing.' —Missouri Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing (March 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JDI508
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun reading November 14, 2014
This reading is something that I didn't expect, but in a good ways of course. I expected to have something light to read before sleep. Instead, I had to work my brain out. For me personally, reading Rarity From The Hollow is like finding someone's journal in an old abandon house. It's so natural and complicated. But then it makes perfect sense of how a person able to create such imaginative world inside his/her head. The author did a wonderful job in creating readers' empathy. I am not gonna say Rarity From The Hollow is a fun reading, but it's definitely brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rarity indeed! November 4, 2014
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This is a very unusual book. Its setting is a West Virginia hollow, people by weeds and trees, dogs, raccoons, poverty, ignorance, broken families, ghosts... and a young girl, Lacy Dawn, who tries to make life better for everyone, with the help of a strange friend, a traveler through time and space.

I found "Rarity from the Hollow" to be difficult, funny, terribly sad, absolutely true, and extremely well told. As another reviewer here notes, it should be the winner of literary prizes. Because its reputation isn't backed by big publishers and important reviewers, it will win those prizes only if it's very lucky -- a possibility I can't discount.

I congratulate Robert Eggleton on the talent, vision, and fortitude that allowed him to get this story told and published. I won't soon forget Lacy Dawn and her adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Fun Story! May 8, 2013
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"Rarity From the Hollow" was a great read and nothing like I expected! The author takes the reader on a fun filled journey through the fictional world that he has created. Before reading the story, I had made a number of assumptions, based on the author's background and the description of the book, but I was wrong on all counts. I thought that the story might get preachy and heavy handed in the delivery of its message. I thought that maybe this was just another author trying to copy Douglas Adams and the very successful, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series. I could not have been more wrong on both counts. The book does deal with some very serious issues, including child abuse, poverty, lack of education and substance abuse. Instead of the story getting mired in the characters difficulties though, the author uses them to pull the reader in and create empathy. Mr. Eggleton has truly found his own style and voice as he weaves a wonderful tongue-in-cheek science fiction tale that is an absolute joy to read.

Lacy Dawn, a young girl from the hills of West Virginia, is already struggling to help those she cares about overcome poverty, a lack of education and the scars of war, when she's told that she is the only one who can save the universe. Instead of refusing to accept the weighty news, she simply wants to know what is endangering the universe and how she is supposed to accomplish the monumental task. Unfortunately, the strange messenger's only reply is that those are things she must discover it for herself.

Lacy Dawn assembles her team from those she knows best; her war traumatized father, beat down mother, the family dog, their marijuana growing neighbor and the mysterious messenger, DOTCOM.
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I loved this story because there was so much reality about it that one coming from WV could relate to, having either lived through, or knew of someone who had lived through, such similar conditions. This story will have you laughing, crying, and wanting to help in so many ways and on so many levels. It is well worth the read, and I do hope to hear more from this author, Robert Eggleton! And, needless to say, I love the idea of part of the proceeds of this book is going to help such a worthy cause! Thank you Mr. Eggleton for such a wonderful experience and the opportunity to help, even in some small way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gritty true to life growing up tough June 12, 2012
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Life can be tough as many of our children nowadays are finding out. Parental love is a luxury withheld from many of us, some kids crumble others persevere regardless of the shambles. Lacey Dawn is one of the latter living an inner life to take the place of and somehow explain the misery and poverty of rural West Virginia.
I grew up in the Midwest but the story resonates from my childhood over 70 years ago. I grew up isolated figuring that everyone else had a normal happy family. I toughed it out but not without deep scars. This is an impressive book, well worthy of a literary prize. for once I read it one chapter at a time rather than speeding through the book--lots to think about. For me a healing experience.
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Robert Eggleton was born in 1951 to impoverished West Virginian parents. His mother was a victim of domestic violence and his father was alcoholic, traumatized by WWII before PTSD was treatable. He grew up fast by supporting his family with odd jobs until his first real job at age 12 in a pharmacy. In the '70s, the Vietnam War Protests drew him into a counter culture that would have prevented him from attending WV State College, had it not been for the military draft that targeted low-income and minority youth. Instead, he graduated with a degree in Social Work in 1973 and a Masters in 1977. For the next thirty-five years, he has been employed as an advocate for veterans, homeless youth, institutionalized juveniles, the unemployed, and, especially for abused/neglected children. He was the primary author of hundreds of investigative reports published by the WV Supreme Court from 1985 to 1997. He created models of children's social services accepted and distributed by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Child Welfare League of America, the National Association of Social Workers, and private nonprofit agencies. In 2006, Mr. Eggleton turned to fiction, in part, as a means of raising funds to prevent child abuse. His first novel was preceded by three satirical fantasies published in magazines. Lacy Dawn, the protagonist of his adventures, is Mr. Eggleton's real life heroine.


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