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Place Paperback – April 22, 2009
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"Ned White's intriguing novel of love and grief and family skillfully blends physics with metaphysics to add new meaning to the term 'sense of place.'" - Don O'Briant, former book editor, Atlanta Journal Constitution
From the Author
Place (2009) is challenging to summarize, because it's an adult literarynovel praised by some agents as "inventive," which could mean it's a bitslippery to define.Essentially a thriller, it has its share of romance, cultural commentary, andmore than a whiff of metaphysics.It features 40-something Hugh Ogden, a software genius working in therarefied field of Artificial Life (A-Life), and his relationship with AbigailSipes, a business consultant guru who is struggling with the aftermath of adeep personal tragedy. She suffersfrom a spectacular, even mind-blowing affliction that I won't reveal here, but which propels thetwo of them on a difficult journey of self-discovery and quest for identity asa family.
Several of my readers have claimed this is either their favorite novel of all time or among their "top ten." That's plenty of satisfaction for me, even if its sales have been modest.
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Sometimes there are books that just plod along at a nice pace. With "Place" I was whisked into a world that had me wondering what could be or what really was. I have since suggested this book to many of my friends, hoping that they will get as much enjoyment from it as I have. I gave my copy to one of my dearest friends and given a copy as a gift to another very close friend.
I have felt that I have disappeared as well, going back to a place or a time in my past.
It could be science fiction, or maybe it could be that we all disappear at times.
A definite read.
Divorced for the past six years with a daughter in college on the East coast, Hugh's marriage was failed from the start and he longs for a sense of place, a connection to planet Earth, a life free from the ordinary and expected.
Abby, at thirty-six, has been a widow for four years although she willingly admits that she "didn't like him much." An unspeakable, life altering event from her past has damaged her own sense of place and is preventing her - literally - from moving forward with her life.
Together, Hugh and Abby seek to build a new family and repair that damage in an effort to become whole.
PLACE, set in a post 9/11 America, is a thoughtful exploration of family connections both in the here and now, as well as across the veil of time and space. Very well written with a unique, matter-of-fact prose, this intriguing story may leave the reader rethinking their understanding of what can and cannot possibly happen. The back cover blurb...A wounded life in a fractured land, she keeps disappearing... does not begin to touch on the depth and complexity of this story. Definitely worth the read, I look forward to reviewing Ned White's earlier work, CALLING OUT YOUR NAME.