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Rain Village Hardcover – October 10, 2006
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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The book offers great big heapings of magical realism à la Gabriel García Márquez, as well as beguiling eccentrics that bring to mind the characters of Jeffrey Eugenides. The novel centers on Tessa, a pint-sized misfit in a Midwestern farming town, who befriends a fable-spinning librarian who, in turn, spurs her to become a trapeze artist. a quixotic survival allegory that deftly explores the social mores of early-20th-century America a fun read.”SF Weekly
"Turgeon is the ringmaster of an epic tale of beauty and oddity in the astonishing tradition of Middlesex and Memoirs of a Geisha. Circ-lit at its most enthralling."
Jennifer Belle, author of Going Down and High Maintenance
"I am always thrilled to read a book that begins with dire circumstances and transforms into something as wonder-filled as the world of Oz. Carolyn Turgeon's magical, mysterious tale will unfold before you and rise like the big tent of the greatest show on earth!"
Kathy L. Patrick, founder of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club
[V]ery accomplished [a] beautiful dream-like tale... While Rain Village is author Carolyn Turgeon's first novel, given the beautiful, redolent imagery, the taut, propelling story line, and the myriad levels on which the novel can be read and analyzed, there's nothing to suggest Rain Village is not the work of a master set to be a break through first novel which will be read and talked about for years to come.”The Nougat Magazine (KY)
The book highlights the power that librarians and books have to transform a life Turgeon remembers what it's like to be a child, often bewildered and entranced by magic or even simple kindness. And she writes it beautifully. She captures libraries' ability to open up horizons, which must have been extraordinarily strong in the early 20th century, Turgeon's chosen time frame, when reading and the circus coming to town were the only magic in many people's lives the book is satisfying and assured.”The Durango Herald
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Her father is a loud, gigantic man who likes to Lord his power over those who are weaker than he is. Her meek mother runs around clutching rosary beads but isn't even Catholic, and is bent over the table reading her Bible every night.
Tessa had heard there was a new librarian in town who seemed to have a strange affect on the men, her own father included. After lunch one day, Tessa decided to get down from her "stretching rod" and run her way to town in hopes of seeing this woman without getting caught by her father.
Sitting on the front steps of the Oakley, Kansas City library, Tessa was trying to decide whether she should go inside or not. She looked up and there was the most beautiful woman she had ever seen and the woman was looking right at her! The woman had striking blue eyes, brown freckled skin and long, wavy, shiny black hair. Mary Finn, the librarian, turned her cat like eyes on Tessa and invited her into the library with her. Tessa was thrilled. Once inside, Tessa thought Mary smelled of: "...the spices my mother baked oranges in." Her wrists were adorned with jingly bracelets and she wore a long flowing skirt.Read more ›
There's a new librarian in town. Her name is Mary Finn. People are saying that she has a wild gypsy past. After the library closes, the villagers are also saying that she has secret lovers coming by. She's driving the men crazy. A woman like that is trouble!
Tessa decides to go to the Mercy library to see for herself who everyone is talking about. She sits on the stairs wondering if she should go in. She is timid but VERY curious. As she looks up, she sees a beautiful woman, with blue eyes, brown freckled skin and long, wavy shiny black hair. She is wearing a long bright flowing skirt, silver earrings that hang to her shoulders and bangles on her wrists. She smells of cinnamon. She is a vision to behold. She invites Tessa into the library. Tessa is thrilled to death.
Mary chats with Tessa. Tessa opens up to her and tells her of her horrible life at home and the body stretching.Read more ›
One person considers her to be beautiful and fascinating. Mary, the town librarian, herself the object of local scorn or fascination, takes Tessa under her wing. Under Mary's tutelage, Tessa learns to read and write and begins to develop self esteem.
As in all lives,change is the only constant.With the unexpected death of her only friend Tessa is left reeling with grief, disbelief and a deep feeling of betrayal. So, she runs away to the circus. There she finds a surrogate family, acceptance for who she is. But there is a nagging feeling of lives not finished that won't be quenched.Tessa's quest is far from finished.
Fable or modern fairy tale? There are good arguments that this story could be either or a little of both. The author's evocative language throughout is brilliant and mesmerizing. I feel like she struggled at times and then the story would run away with her. But overall this was a beautiful piece of work. I was unaware until I finished that this was her debut work. I have read some of her other books and looking back I can see the growth.
If you are looking for something truly different this author and this book are for you.
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A very very different kind of book. Never read one like this. Definitely worth your time.Published 18 months ago by brittany perry
Good story and glad to read more of Carolyn Turgeon. Fast shipping and good price.Published on July 19, 2014 by Tonya Morgan
This was truly a gorgeous book to read. The characters, the stories, the settings - everything was just so beautiful. Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by Leslie F.
I read this book because it got 4 out of 5 stars from a reviewer I know, but I had to make myself finish it. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Susan Lea
Finally getting around to reviewing books I read, and this one is one of my FAVOURITES from this author! Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by L. Lomano
Love Carolyn Turgeon's book, another wonderful journey of the mind into an adult perspective on an old story, eager for more.Published on May 14, 2013 by Vicki R.
A book you will want to read over and over. The housework gets put on hold when you're reading this one!
I love all of Carolyn's books. (My first being The Mermaid. Read more
I loved this book, I find this author so interesting. It was heartfelt, exciting and kept you reading the whole time. Very easy reading.Published on September 21, 2012 by Kathleen