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The In-Between Hour Paperback – December 31, 2013
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Written in thesouthern gothic manner, White’s (The Unfinished Garden, 2012) latest unsettling tale explores the boundaries between parents and children, reality and delusion. Best-selling author Will travels from New York City to North Carolina when his Native American father, Jacob, is ousted from a senior facility for starting a fistfight. Jacob, whose memory is spotty, doesn’t remember that his grandson died in a fatal car crash a few months earlier, and Will can’t decide whether to keep reminding Jacob or to let him believe the boy is still alive. While Will looks for another place for Jacob to live, they stay in a cabin on the property of divorced holistic veterinarian Hannah, whose graduate student son has threatened to commit suicide. Since debilitating depression runs in the family, Hannah is working to keep her son from killing himself like her father did. While the thirtysomething Will and older Hannah feel connected, how can they come together with their families imploding? White’s beautifully crafted novel demonstrates how two broken souls can find peace for themselves and their loved ones. --Pat Henshaw
SIBA Winter 2014 Okra Pick
"Barbara Claypole White has created a tender and emotionally-charged novel in THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR. Her multifaceted, flawed characters, each with their own wounded heart, are carefully drawn. Ms. White depicts the North Carolina mountain setting with an evocative sense of place, creating a perfect backdrop for this story of life, survival and, ultimately, of love that transcends all."-Karen White, New York Times bestselling author
"White's beautifully crafted novel demonstrates how two broken souls can find peace for themselves and their loved ones. " --Booklist on The In-Between Hour
"Readers, prepare to open your hearts for a charming cast of original characters. Here is a beautiful, smart love story that will have you burning dinner or the midnight oil to read one more chapter."--Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine
"In THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR Barbara Claypole White's elegant prose paints a vivid portrait of multi-generational families, unlikely friendships, crushing loss and binding love. THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR breaks your heart and mends it at the same time."--Amy Sue Nathan, author of GLASS WIVES
"The In-Between Hour is a heartwarming story of grief and the desire to save the people you love even when you can't save yourself. Barbara Claypole White writes exquisitely and creates characters that capture your heart. I loved it!" Anita Hughes, author of Lake Como
"A beautiful combination of story and characters make The In-Between Hour a captivating read about the deepest emotions the word family evokes. Barbara Claypole White writes with a fluidity that draws you in, telling a tale that stays with you long after turning the last page." –Laura Spinella, author of Perfect Timing
The Unfinished Garden: Winner of the 2013 Golden Quill for Best First Book
"I learned so much about myself from this story-that fear doesn't have to hold me back, but rather, it can move me forward. The Unfinished Garden is a touching and accomplished debut."-Diane Chamberlain, bestselling author of The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes
"A mesmerizing tale of fear, loss, and love. Tilly and James are richly drawn and wonderfully flawed characters who embody the contradictions and imperfections that exist in all of us. Barbara Claypole White has created a novel as beautiful and complex, dark and light, sweet and sensuous as Tilly's beloved garden."-Joanne Rendell, author of The Professors' Wives' Club, on The Unfinished Garden
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The description of this novel that I read started out with a man forced to pretend his dead son was alive. I read no farther, thinking, "What a stupid premise", but came back to this novel because I loved White's other books. The premise makes sense within the warless of this novel and does not feel at all contrived. Somehow White keeps me reading despite not having great complexity of plot or typical page-turning prose. She makes me care about these people and exposes the reader to their thoughts and fears.
I recommend this books, but I can't say it is her best. She bogs down in the thoughts of the characters at times, until my eyes started to skip ahead. Some pages feel repetitious, in need of more editing. Yet in the end I enjoyed the book because the strengths of the writing clearly outweighed the parts I was less fond of.
Again, I recommend this very talented writer to any & everyone.