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A Great Fullness Paperback – January 15, 2016
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As in a Greek tragedy, a horrific death occurs off-stage in Bob Sommer s second novel, A Great Fullness, and colors every moment of this suspenseful story about a surviving child. --Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate, 2007-2009, author of Ghost Stories of the New West
Bob Sommer writes eloquently about ordinary Midwestern Americans confronted with the extraordinarily disruptive pressures of the twenty-first century.... --William Merrill Decker, author of Kodak Elegy: A Cold War Childhood
With cinematic clarity and pace, A Great Fullness takes us inside a family caught in turmoil, as the drama of their lives reflects our troubled society and its broken capacity for joy. --David Ray, award-winning poet, author of Sams Book
About the Author
Bob Sommer's recent essays and stories have appeared in Rathalla Review, New Plains Review, O-Dark-Thirty, and The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers. He has written for The Kansas City Star, Sierra Magazine, Chronogram, Counterpunch, and various publications. Bob is the Director of Development for the Sierra Club in Kansas and a lecturer at the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth. He blogs at Uncommon Hours.
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The story revolves around Kim, a young girl who’s mother was killed when she was little, and her father is in prison. Kim lives with her mum’s sister and brother in law, and other close family members in their bed and breakfast in Kansas.
As Kim ages, she starts to remembers more and more about the event that took place at the time of her mother’s death, but decides that it is best to keeps her memories to herself, ultimately causing her to become a difficult person at times as she starts acting out, stealing or appearing withdrawn from society.
The one person who is there for her throughout is her aunt, but even she struggles to get close to her and form a bond.
Essentially this is a book about family dynamics, and how the family can learn to survive and show resilience when life keeps knocking them down.
The book covers many subjects including death, grief, trauma and domestic violence. As you would expect with subjects like these emotions are high throughout, they may even bring a tear to your eye. They are all handled with sensitivity and care.
With there being many characters in the story, at first I struggled with remembering who was who. This however did not distract me from the enjoyment of, or following the story.
I found it an easy book to read, despite dealing with some difficult life issues and emotions. In fact I liked the book so much that I took my time to read it, finding myself naturally not wanting to rush it, and seeking every little bit of detail I could get from it. Even when I turned that final page I wanted more.
The book deals with some sensitive issues in a light way, but still enough to get one thinking about the life issues facing the family.
A hard book to read at times, but it is a fabulous read, which I am sure you will love.
Reviewed by Marcia at Whispering Stories Book Blog