''Leiknes's love for the interconnectedness of human stories is contagious. Story Easton, the aptly named heroine of this cheeky and irreverent fairy tale, has a charming case of literary Tourette syndrome (among other enchanting quirks) and is a delight to tag along with on her week-long attempt to make a success of herself. Layer by layer, laugh by laugh, The Understory shows Leiknes's talents in full bloom.''--Ben Rogers, author of acclaimed novel The Flamer, and recipient of a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship and two Sierra Arts Foundation Literary Artist Endowment Grants
''Elizabeth Leiknes, the author, has got to become one of my favorite authors in this world. The writing style, it's kind of staccato almost--very nice beat and rhythm to it. It almost has the same style as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I actually added this to my top ten books . . . ever written.''--Josiah Morgan, 11-year-old YouTube reviewer, New Zealand
Elizabeth Leiknes grew up in rural Iowa and can make thirty-seven different dishes featuring corn. She attended the University of Iowa as an undergrad, and the University of Nevada, Reno for her Masters.
Her previous published novel is The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns. Black-Eyed Susan, Future Perfect, and Let Them Eat Corn are works in progress.
The inspiration for The Understory came one night while reading her sons a bedtime story about the rainforest.
Elizabeth has a love/hate relationship with great white sharks, and a slight penchant for speaking in hyperbole, which she says she never does.
She now lives near Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with her husband, and two sons, Hardy and Hatcher. She also teaches English there.
Lieknes has truly outdone herself! Brilliantly written, skillfully connected and emotionally moving. A divine journey! I cherished every moment! ~hharveyPublished on July 12, 2012 by hmharvey
Read this book and give it to everyone you know to read! It is a perfect mix of fantasy and reality, fun and sadness, ups and downs. Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Carly Strauss
The Understory was a book I won't soon forget and look forward to reading again. It's full of light moments and dark moments and untold twists and turns throughout. Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by LinF
I enjoyed this book. There was depth and darkness, light and imagination. It was beautifully written with more than one story line which intertwined and weaved together. Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by Sheryl A Grove
Sweet and charming story. Very high quirk factor which really speaks to me. Can't wait to read the author's previous novel.Published on June 5, 2012 by G. M. Morse
Elizabeth Leiknes is a great story-teller and uses all the tools of her craft to make for a wonderful read that never disappoints. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by Mena Dedmon
Rating: 4½ Stars
THE UNDERSTORY is one of those books that will stay in my thoughts for a long time. Read more