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The Life and Remembrances of Martha Toole [Kindle Edition]

Jason Derr
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Hammer family of Hammer Fields, Virginia, do not know what to expect when elderly matriarch Martha Toole comes for a visit. Only the eldest son, John David Hammer, a painter and lover of family history, seems to enjoy her presence. The family is thrown into deeper distress when, during a visit to the old homeplace, John David and Martha Toole are followed home by the ghost of Martha Toole's youth.


Product Details

  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Temple Foundry Mediaworks (February 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IOW3ACQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written March 19, 2014
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This was a fantastic story full of magical realism. From the beginning I was drawn in by the old woman who couldn’t seem to embrace the present but was firmly rooted in her remembrances of the past. I loved the struggle of nostalgia versus reality. The author has a powerful way of writing that hooked me: it’s slow and steady like the land itself. The story weaves the past and present together through the characters, mixing the fantastical with the ordinary seamlessly. The characters’ connection to the land, family, and past is both heart-warming and sad. This is a beautiful, well-written story, one that’s difficult to tear yourself away from, and I highly recommend reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story March 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy to read and give a review. I'm very impressed. I couldn't put it down. Love Jason's writing style. I found myself involved in the family story. It's an enjoyable read. I would recommend it to others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very intriguing! April 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Life Remembrances Martha Toole was a very interesting story. The main idea of the story was a little puzzling. The book had some good things about it but like any and all things, it consisted of a few flaws. One was the characters, I enjoyed how there was only a few of them but the twist of the characters and how there was two of Martha became confusing. The story just put the younger one in it, did not lead up to the appearance of her or anything. It confused me about which one was the ghost and which one was being haunted. The same kind of goes for the scene changing's. The author had some neat scenes that was very well described but did not change the scenes in a orderly way, just kind of changed them. One minute your talking to someone, the next your somewhere else. Aside from the few spelling errors as well, the book was pretty good. The descriptiveness and the way the information in the story was brought out in such a neat way, made up for the lack of consistency, i feel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Story March 8, 2014
By Moongie
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From the beginning of this novella until the last page, I found myself drawn into the story of Martha Toole. I don’t want to give away any part of this amazing piece of fiction, so I will instead describe the style of this author. The writing is both quiet and powerful. Jason Derr accomplished what I think is quite difficult, he wrote with restraint. In terms of genre, I would say it is a mix of Literary Fiction and Magical Realism.

One of my favorite quotes, “She is only an old woman and her outrage is a form of grief for a world that has died and become something her generation only began to imagine.”

I wait eagerly for the next offering from this talented author.
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More About the Author

I like to make things up, sometimes big things, sometimes small things. Always fun things and always stories. On rainy days I like to drink coffee, listen to jazz and imagine wonderful, dark and beautiful things. I like short stories and long stories. I like fantasy and science-fiction but not in the way you might think. I like horror stories, but not monsters and ghosts and people meeting grisly ends. I like the horror of the every day, the tragic that happens in an average day and the wonderful fantastic people who bravely confront that horror and make the world a better place. I think firemen and soldiers are heroes but I also think fathers, clergymen and women, mothers, grandmothers, peace makers and social workers are heroes. I studied Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University and I am happy for every moment of it.

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