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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse Star (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583480366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583480366
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,841,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carol Hoenig is a fulltime freelance writer and publishing consultant. Her novel, WITHOUT GRACE, has been awarded the Silver Medal for Book of the Year 2005 by ForeWord Magazine and given First Place for Fiction by the DIY Book Festival. Jada Press and the New York Book Festival also gave her novel honorable mention. Her book THE AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO PLANNING BOOK EVENTS was named finalist by USA Book and Reader Views and given the Gold medal by ForeWord Magazine for Book of the Year in the category of writing. Carol's essays, articles, book reviews and short stories appear in a wide number of publications. Carol blogs for The Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-hoenig/ covering politics, culture, the publishing industry and the writing life. Carol also contributed to PUTTING YOUR PASSION INTO PRINT, written by Arielle Eckstudt & David Henry Sterry. (Workman, July 2005) Arianna Huffington invited Carol to contribute to ON BECOMING FEARLESS, (Little, Brown) released in the fall of 2006. Tory Johnson, ABC's Good Morning America's workplace contributor, also invited Carol to submit an essay for her New York Times Bestseller, WILL WORK FROM HOME (Penguin). Stephanie Gunning invited Carol to submit an essay on creativity for her anthology AUDACIOUS CREATIVITY. Carol's short story, Snow Angels and Somersaults, was a finalist for the 2007 Spring/Summer Glass Woman Prize, a bi-annual prize for women prose writers. www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-hoenig/ Carol is on The New York Center for Independent Publishing advisory council and writer's conference committee and is on the advisory council for Author Solutions. She was the Director and Writer-in-Residence for Old Forge Library Adirondack Summer Writing Workshop for 2008. She is a member of the Women's Media Group. For more information, visit. www.carolhoenig.com

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Carol Hoenig is a fulltime freelance writer and publishing consultant. Her novel, WITHOUT GRACE, (Star iUniverse) was awarded the Silver Medal for Book of the Year 2005 by ForeWord Magazine and given First Place for Fiction by the DIY Book Festival. Jada Press and the New York Book Festival also gave her novel honorable mention. Her book THE AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO PLANNING BOOK EVENTS (Star iUniverse) was given the Gold medal by ForeWord Magazine for Book of the Year in the category of writing and named finalist by USA Book and Reader Views. Carol's essays, articles, book reviews and short stories appear in a wide number of publications. Carol likes to stir things up by blogging for The Huffington Post covering politics, culture, the publishing industry and the writing life. Carol also contributed to PUTTING YOUR PASSION INTO PRINT (Workman) written by Arielle Eckstudt & David Henry Sterry. Arianna Huffington invited Carol to contribute to ON BECOMING FEARLESS, (Little, Brown) released in the fall of 2006. Tory Johnson, ABC's Good Morning America's workplace contributor, also invited Carol to submit an essay for her New York Times Bestseller, WILL WORK FROM HOME (Penguin). Stephanie Gunning invited Carol to submit an essay on creativity for her anthology AUDACIOUS CREATIVITY. Carol's short story, Snow Angels and Somersaults, was a finalist for the 2007 Spring/Summer Glass Woman Prize, a bi-annual prize for women prose writers. Her essay, "Wild Horses and Young Stallions" was selected for the forthcoming anthology LOST LESSONS FROM LIFE ON A FARM (Action Publishing).
Carol is on the advisory council for Author Solutions and was on The New York Center for Independent Publishing advisory council and writer's conference committee for five years before it disbanded. She was the Director and Writer-in-Residence for Old Forge Library Adirondack Summer Writing Workshop for 2008. She is the project manager for the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen Labor, Landmarks and Literature series in Manhattan, and is a member of the Women's Media Group. She is Senior Editor for Digital Americana, the first literary magazine for the Apple iPad and teaches continuing education courses at Hofstra University. She also offers publicity and marketing services to the "She Writes" community. You can follow her on Twitter @authorsguide and "like" her on Facebook. This just in: Carol was nominated Best of Long Island Author 2012 by the Long Island Press! For more information, visit www.carolhoenig.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doretta on September 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
To say that Carol Hoenig is talented, or that she has a special skill with the written word would be a drastic understatement...'Without Grace' draws the reader in from the first chapter, and continues to do so throughout the novel. The contrast between Vicky and Brenda, the relationship between Vicky and the men in her family, and the underlying plot of big business vs. small towns makes it impossible to put the book down until its finished. Her characters come to life, taking on personalities that we either embrace (Vicky's, in my case), or are annoyed by (Brenda's)...'Without Grace' is the type of novel that should put Ms. Hoenig on the literary map, and has me looking forward to her next published novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Talia Carner on January 3, 2007
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Carol Hoenig's literary adventure is no less fascinating than her highly polished, beautifully written novel. "Without Grace" has all the markings of an excellent novel: interesting, well-defined characters that rope our emotions, strong dialogue, succinct yet lyrical prose, and a good tale.

Yet, Hoenig could not get the attention of the publishing world. Or rather, once her novel had been parked with one agent, no other agent would touch it. And once it had made the rounds of publishing houses, well, it was as unvirginal as a hooker trying to get married in Iran.... Never mind that the acquisition editors who had passed on contracting the book were no longer at the publishing houses and that the new editors replacing them have never seen the book (since the agent was not doing her work.) "Without Grace" was dead, while lesser novels were seeing the light of the day.

Carol Hoenig had the book self-published under iUniverse. I have many reservations about the way self-publishing outfits take advantage of desperate authors. But this was not the case, as iUniverse placed the novel in their "star" program and gave it the push a main publishing house should have.

And I am lucky to have stumbled upon Hoenig's book, which gave me hours of pleasurable reading I rarely get these days from a lot of the mediocre work out there that make the best-seller lists....

There are those of us who wait for Oprah to find for them hidden treasures of good writing. And then there are those who like to do the treasure-hunting themselves. I belong to the latter group. Check this one out.

Talia Carner, author,
Puppet Child and China Doll
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debra Scialla on February 3, 2006
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I too could not put this book down. Carol captures all the essence of growing up in a small town with difficult circumstances.

I believe there is a part of all of us in this book. This book was very real to me and left me wanting for more from this wonderful author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stan Kaczmarek on July 28, 2009
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I purchased the book because its story takes place in upstate New York where natural beauty is still today pitted against many a poor community's intense need for income and relevancy. As these battles unfold in real life, neither nature advocates nor develoment forces seem to walk away satisfied. Within this backdrop of reality, this book of fiction weaves a highly personal story that does not disappoint. It delicately sets both nature and human beauty against the forces that seek to defile both man and nature for fleeting profit. Yet the book also gives hope that there is a way for both a pretty girl and a community tied to its land to grow into the modern world without accepting rape as the precursor to growing up.

I started this book while on a business trip, and finished it before I came back, because I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. I highly recommend it to men and women alike as a diversion that will unexpectedly make you think.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenrebb on June 6, 2006
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"Without Grace," is an engaging story of one family's life struggles. Vicky Finley grows from childhood into womanhood longing to know her mother and blaming her father for her loss. Set in small town NY, this story depicts and defines a world many of us thought was long gone; but despite our worldy notions these places still exist. Whether you grew up in the hubub of city life or the overscheduled and competitive suburbs there is a universal element in Ms. Hoenig's tale that you can connect to beyond the agrarian setting. At some point we all long for that missing something or someone to love us, to make us whole. What we learn from Vickey and her community is the value we place on ourselves and how we became who we are. This book would make a wonderful Lifetime movie...if you enjoyed "The Secret LIfe of Bees," or "To Kill a Mockingbird," you will quite easily get caught up in the trials and triumphs of the Finley family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Rhodes on May 17, 2006
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Carol Hoenig weaves a lonely and beautiful portrait of a girl abandoned by her own mother in infancy. The story is told through the daughter's eyes, with the sweet scents and daydreams of a child. With no visual references, she imagines a mother who smells like cotton candy and generosity, and waits for the day Grace will come home. I hung on every word of this book, caught up in Ms Hoenig's narrative, desperate for mother and daughter to meet, frantic for them to all be happy and well. I actually found myself talking to the pages, completely forgetting I was at home, reading a book. Without Grace transports you there, to the forest and lake, and into the home of this exceptional girl. I finished the book in one day, simply because I had to know how it would all end. A lovely, heartbreaking, heart warming story, and I recommend it highly.
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