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East of Denver - excerpt from 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry by [Hill, Gregory]
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East of Denver - excerpt from 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Entry Kindle Edition

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Length: 19 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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Amazon.com Review

Overall: 5-stars; Exquisitely beautiful writing - I'm astonished that this isn't published already. Great characterization through events and dialogue. Fantastic (and immediate) hook. Emotionally painfully to read, but terribly rewarding at the same time. Not saccharine, despite the subject matter. Hook: 5-stars; Dead body? Senile father? Mysterious missing checks? Draining bank account? Major life move? I must know more! Prose: 5-stars; professional quality and somehow lyrical and earthy at the same time. Reminds me somehow of Earnest Gaines' writing, but with a sharper, more immediate edge. Very lovely. Originality: 5-stars; This is the only excerpt I can think of this year that starts with a dead cat and ends with a dead body. Seriously, this is incredibly original - everything seems very fresh, creative, and new. Well done!

Amazon.com Review

A very thoughtful look into the world of father/son dynamics when the son has to start caring for the father. Very descriptive, I enjoyed the folky comparisons. (Hotter than a popcorn fart, highly amused me.)

Product Details

  • File Size: 34 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (March 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 22, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TEYTGO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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I loved this excerpt! The author does a wonderful job creating atmosphere and a landscape as a setting for this novel. I laughed quite a few times at the dialogue and enjoyed all the observations by the narrator. I think my husband would really like to read this novel as well. Hopefully one day it gets published so we have a chance to read it in its entirety.

Good luck with your manuscript.
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Right from the start, this one captured my interest. The dead cat, the inability to smell, the need to make the trip out of Denver to bury the cat. The senile father is familiar and heart-rending, real and believable, and I can "see" the farm -- what it once was and what it has become. The scene about finding the housekeeper made me laugh outloud. Now he is living with his dad, learning the truth about the man's finances, wishing he didn't have to do this, yet making the best of it, and it all makes me want to know more. I'm looking forward to finishing this one some day!
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I was delighted to see that East of Denver was named winner. I have only had the excerpt from the contest, but I'll read it all. I loved the characters, the setting, the laid-back attitude. Can't wait to see what happens next.
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I was immediately engrossed in this interesting ABNA excerpt. It tells a clear story, moves well and is unusual in its content. Particularly effective was the description of the Colorado plains and the farm of the narrator's father. The dead cat, its burial, the father's dementia, the neglected farm, the narrator's anosia and its ramifications, and the seemingly estranged relationship of father and son made for a meaningful reading experience. The story proceeds with confidence and a unity of style. The characterization is good, depicted through well wrought dialogue, description and adroit internal passages.

The discussion of the original homesteader of the narrator's family farm seemed overdeveloped and extraneous and for me bogged down the narrative. The father's past is described as a means of providing important background; this might be better done by showing rather than telling. Perhaps the father's character is more flushed out later and in a more intriguing manner.

The style is unadorned and direct, perhaps a little cryptic. The dialogue is effective, as are some of the unexpected plot twists, like the discovery of the old school teacher.

Marjorie Meyerle
Colorado Writer
ABNA Quarterfinalist
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