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About the Author

Melissa Green Dereberry is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in Common Boundary, American Literary Realism, The Quest, Midwest Poetry Review, and Writer’s Journal. She is the author of an instructional guide on the novel The Outsiders. Her awards include the Springfield Writer’s Guild Grand Prize (1998), the Johnson Memorial Grand Prize Award - League of Minnesota Poets (2003), the William Stafford Award - Washington Poets Association (2009), and the Writer’s Journal poetry contest (2011). She taught college English for over fifteen years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469993376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469993379
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,293,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melissa Green Dereberry is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in Common Boundary, American Literary Realism, The Quest, Midwest Poetry Review, and Writer's Journal. She is the author of an instructional guide on the novel The Outsiders. Her awards include the Springfield Writer's Guild Grand Prize (1998), the Johnson Memorial Grand Prize Award - League of Minnesota Poets (2003), the William Stafford Award - Washington Poets Association (2009), and the Writer's Journal poetry contest (2011). She received an M.A. from Missouri State University and taught college English for over fifteen years.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Link on February 22, 2012
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Melissa Dereberry's new literary fiction release "Somewhere Like Here" explores a plausible, three-decade old mystery centered in Devil's Elbow, Missouri, an almost-ghost town near one of those defunct interrupted sections of Route 66 that follow the interstate like a broken shadow. The story is told by the central character, Jack, whose life seems analogous to the old mother road, fragmented and tortured, passed by, unsure of all except his role as a husband and father--headed to a seeming dead end. A mother, missing since childhood, has left him unsure of who he is, and so he latches onto scant connected clues in hopes that they will lead to something--anything to escape his pervasive self-doubt.

The story always centers on Jack and the people in his life, all populating small town academia and the surrounding country, hills and rivers: a father who has just died, a sister with life-long struggles, a success-motivated absent wife, a beloved son, an unexpected woman, and always the ephemeral memory of his mother. Jack lives in his head much of the time, struggling to be the man they want or need him to be, often with little idea how to make it happen when he seemingly doesn't know who he is himself. Not knowing what else to do, he follows the mystery that is as much in his mind as in a found photograph.

Dereberry uses language well, bringing a keen perception to the natural landscape as well as the characters' actions and words, often exploring the thoughtful meaning behind passive silences. I will admit, at times Jack's thoughts were so persistently desolate, I wanted to either kick him or throw down the book. Likewise, the descriptive narrative sometimes required more patience than I wanted to give, but when I gave it, I was seldom disappointed. There are abundant poetic lines and phrases that stopped me in my tracks and will ultimately bring me back to read again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scrabble Fan on March 18, 2012
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It's difficult to review this book without revealing the outcome of the mystery surrounding the protagonist's missing mother. I will therefore only say the writing is excellent, but the plot meandered a bit in the final quarter of the book. Without being too enigmatic or too revealing, I thought it implausible that Lily and Faye were never introduced to a character so important to both. I would like to have seen more development of that relationship, been shown their feelings and reactions. Incidentally, I am familiar with the area where this novel is set and thoroughly enjoyed reading about the area.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denver Girl on March 30, 2012
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I would rate this book at being OK. There is a big mystery in it that you want to find out about, so you keep reading. When it all came together I thought it was good and not the ending I expected.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 12, 2012
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I agree with some of the other reviews. There was way too much rambling through out the book. I could not wait to get to the end so I could just be done and move on to another book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol Boley on June 3, 2012
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This book didn't really hold my attention. Didn;t really care for the way this man fantasised or rambled on about everything.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KateH on January 29, 2012
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This is my first read by this author. All I can say is that the book was exciting and was difficult to put down at times. The plot was original and very developed. I loved all of the references to my home state of Missouri! I look forward to reading future material by this author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pss38 on September 15, 2012
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Picked this book because I'm from southwest Missouri and know of Devil's Elbow, so I was intrigued. Kept waiting for the story to "take off" but it never really did. Way too much introspection by the main character, found it got really boring after awhile. Could be have a really good storyline, but wasn't executed very well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Sisk on January 3, 2014
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I struggled to get through this. The flowery language and page long analogies were too much for me. Not a bad story, but way too neurotic.
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