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The Novelist: Her Story Is Only Half the Story (Hunt Series) [Kindle Edition]

Angela Hunt
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author who taught you to expect the intriguing tale about families, fiction, and what to do when life veers wildly off script.

It begins...when a smug college student challenges a best-selling novelist to write something "more personal." It begins...when a mother finds her troubled son slumped unconscious outside her house. It begins...when fiction and reality blur, and the novelist finds herself caught somewhere in the middle of it all. Where does it end? That all depends on who is telling the story...

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In a novel her publisher is touting as "a glimpse into her own life," Hunt, a grandmother and prolific writer (more than 70 books), pens a novel about a prolific writer and grandmother. Jordan Casey is the pen name for Jordan Casey Kerrigan, grandmother and author of a bestselling adventure series. She agrees to teach a college night class on writing fiction and is challenged by an irksome student to ditch her formulaic approach and try writing something from the heart. Stung by the criticism, Kerrigan turns down a lucrative contract for another adventure novel and writes an allegory of paradise, sin, the fall and redemption as played out in an otherworldly casino. As she writes, her desire to change her 21-year-old son Zachary's chaotic life as a suicidal addict becomes an impetus for a story she wants to communicate about life, loss and second chances (told alongside mother and son's actual plight). God, she believes, is the ultimate writer, complete with an outline for one's life story—yet even the characters in the hands of a novelist have choices. Jordan's reality and fiction alternate and finally converge as Hunt spins her tale, with flashbacks to Zachary's innocent childhood that are guaranteed to wring tears from even the hardest-hearted reader. Although Hunt is known for her competency, this novel also shows poignancy and imagination. (Jan.)
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About the Author

Christy Award winner Angela Hunt writes stories for everyone who enjoys the unexpected. She is the best-selling author of Uncharted, The Debt, The Note, The Pearl, and many more.

Product Details

  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 2, 2006)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SP11YO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Ms. Hunt January 12, 2006
Think a novelist's life consists of fancy release parties, crowded book signings, and TV appearances? Think again. Being a writer is tough work, even for a bestselling one like Jordan Casey, the protagonist of The Novelist. She's made her success penning 20 testosterone-laced novels featuring super-spy Rex Tower, which is why most of the world thinks "she" is a "he". But the students in Jordan's class "An Introduction to Novel Writing" at the community college quickly discover Rex's creator is actually an utterly normal middle-aged mother of three.

Within the first minutes of class, one of Jordan's students challenges her to write a book less plastic and more personal than her Rex Tower stories--to open a vein at the keyboard, which in authorese means bleeding your heart into the story. At first offended, Jordan tries to ignore the challenge. But the criticism of her shallow novels cuts deep. Jordan's always been reluctant to merge her faith with her writing, but what kind of message is that sending to her son Zach, who's already skeptical of her Christianity? Soon Jordan sees the opportunity. Not only can she show, rather than tell, her class how to write a novel, but maybe she can use the resulting story to reach Zach.

And so a novella is born. Interspersed throughout the modern-day scenes of The Novelist, we read the manuscript Jordan writes for her students. A spiritual allegory she titles The Ambassador, Jordan uses slot machines and gambling as symbols to share the story of a man who is all of us.

But as Jordan's fictional story unfolds, so does the one of her real-life. Zach's increasingly erratic behavior drives mother and son even further apart, and Jordan and her husband struggle with how to handle him.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two books and a writing course, all in one book May 11, 2006
By Amy A.
Angela Hunt wraps a story in a story in such a unique way that it was hard to put this book down.

Jordan Casey is a writer, wife, mother and teacher. She is at a point where she is facing some difficult struggles and instead of trying to balance everything, she chooses a different path. She declines what could be a big paying project in order to teach a writing class and write a book that is unlike one she has ever attempted. The result is a magical tale of choices, mis-steps, love and redemption.

I loved the characters in this book. The husband and wife seemed like a real couple. The class that Jordan teaches was full of real life writing tid bits that I felt like I could use in my own writing. Even the smaller characters were full. I did not fully understand the character of the son, but I don't think that was the point. This was about a mother's struggles with her son, so I didn't feel like I needed a more in depth portrait of him.

I recommend this book and thank the author for giving me something a little out of the norm to enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous allegory and story within a story! October 27, 2006
This is the first book authored by Angela Hunt that I've read, though I own many. Now I'm wondering why I waited so long to discover this talented author's work. I've read many stories with parallel times or situations, usually with the present reverting to a historical setting, and often I prefer one story over the author. I want to flip past the present story to read the good stuff...the story within the story. But The Novelist isn't like that. It's the only book I've ever read where I can stay that both stories equally stimulated me. They both held my attention. Both stories contained "the good stuff" I crave in a book. I love emotion, believable conflict, and a story that sucks me in so much that I can't stop reading it. And the allegory was so incredibly well done and ingenious that it literally blew my mind. I now see Christ's redemption even more powerfully because of the allegorical tale in this book. (BTW, I also love romance, but there wasn't much in this baby--and I still loved it! That's how you can be certain it was fabulous.)

The Novelist is one of the best books I've read in regards to tying things together in a convincing and satisfying conclusion. I loved how Angela Hunt showed the author in the story growing more than the person she hoped to influence with her story, and after fighting the Lord, she ended up being okay with that. Aren't most of us like this? We elbow the person next to us when the pastor is preaching a convicting message, but we should be looking at our own hearts first. The Novelist had me looking at my own heart and I'm better for the experience. Few stories impact me so much that I want to grab people off the street to tell them they MUST read this book, but The Novelist is one of them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written September 16, 2006
By Sharon
I have found it hard to find beautifully written Christian fiction, but this book certainly fits the bill. It contains paragraphs, phrases, that make you stop and catch your breath. It also captures the protagonist's faith effortlessly. Without being syrupy or preachy, without having story lines constructed to artificially expound on it, it is just there. I recommend this book highly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice change of pace for Hunt May 29, 2006
By Shannon
I was used to her suspense stories, so I was a bit uneasy about her writing something completely different. I read it and was blown away. It takes incredible talent to write a "story within a story" but Hunt does it so seamlessly that it just works. I had trouble putting it down. Definitely a must-read if you're a Hunt fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed it. Very thought provoking.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Elliott
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Hunt is typically an awesome author, this book has the right moves, well written, good story line but lacks in interest. Kind of weird with two in one story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gail J. Faig
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
I love this book and how the author weaves the story of creation and sin into her novel within the novel. I'm buying it for a gift now!
Published on January 8, 2013 by CLA
5.0 out of 5 stars One of today's best authors
Angela Hunt's books always keep me wanting to continue the book to the end without stopping. This one is no different.
Published on December 5, 2012 by Laurie Blanton
2.0 out of 5 stars The Novelist
The story line was very disappointing and left me with a weird feeling. I would not recommend this book to anyone
I love her writing in some of her books and most of the ones... Read more
Published on November 30, 2012 by Delila
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I was intrigued by Angela Hunt's premise, writing from a character's viewpoint and from the author's. I wondered where she was going with this story. Read more
Published on November 26, 2012 by Judy Bodmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Would read a second time:)
This was a great book it really makes you think about life! I would so reread this book! It has some really great lessons in it!
Published on November 20, 2012 by taj-marie
2.0 out of 5 stars Good writing BUT...
When I'm forced to see the word God on almost every page, it tends to get on my nerves. By page seventy I couldn't take it anymore. God this and God that... Read more
Published on April 23, 2011 by A. Cosentino
4.0 out of 5 stars A Story Within
Hang on. This novel takes several pages to get into it. By then you'll be catching on to what's going on in the second typeface. Read more
Published on December 12, 2009 by For What It's Worth...
3.0 out of 5 stars How far can the allegory go?
I am left wondering a little about the allegory part of the book. At one point in the allegory, the man named William (who is an allegory of Adam) asks John (the allegory of... Read more
Published on December 8, 2009 by J. Frisch
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More About the Author

Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

Now that her two children have reached their twenties, Angie and her youth-pastor husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards--one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City. Afterward, the dog gave out paw-tographs at the airport.

When she's not home writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers' conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.

Readers may visit her web site at

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