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The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire: A Novel by [Hutchison, Sandra]

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Editorial Reviews


"Sandra Hutchison writes beautifully transparent and unpretentious prose. She creates complex characters and a vivid sense of place. Most of all, she tells a compelling story full of sorrow and humor with a benign detachment that leaves room for readers to draw their own conclusions. In other words, she's a first-rate writer."
-- Awesome Indies

"Hutchison has been described as a feminist writer, but she is adept at creating characters of either gender. The message her fiction conveys is that life, more often than not, can be difficult but we are in it together, and that makes it bearable."
-- Terry Plumb, The Rock Hill Herald (SC)

"There is heaps in this story that keep you turning pages. But I can tell you that the ending is not what you would expect.... I have a feeling this author will always deliver."
-- Sue Ward, Read Along With Sue

"...entertaining all readers while providing grist for the mill to those who are looking for something deeper... .***** Five Stars."
-- BigAl, BigAl and Pals

"...original and thought-provoking....However they feel about her subject matter, readers should approve of Hutchison's basic message that we should treasure the ties we forge with people, whether or not our relationships are perfect."
-- Tinky Weisblat, The Recorder (Greenfield, MA)

From the Author

When I was a teenager, I heard that a man in our neighborhood had married his teenage babysitter after his wife died. I didn't know any of them, but I wondered how that had come about, and whether it was really appropriate, and whether he had married her because he loved her, or just because he needed someone to take care of the house and the kids -- and him.

Not long after, I wrote a short story called "The Physicist and the Housekeeper" that featured the two main characters of this novel. But I was young and inexperienced and unwilling to deal with the inevitable sexual aspects of the matter. I came back to it years later when I was finally ready to go there. In the meantime I'd seen students cope with the devastating impact of rape (at the ironically-named "Ladies Teas" at campus frats), and watched how hard it was for them to stay on track. (Sadly, there was never even any question of justice for girls who got drunk back then, not that it's much better today.) I'd also read Alice Sebold's compelling memoir Lucky, which gave me a path for my heroine that I might not have been comfortable coming up with all on my own.

This is not a romance in the traditional sense, but there is a loving relationship at its center. You will either root for this relationship, or think it's a disaster, or both. (Feel free to tell me! I seldom respond to reviews -- though, like all authors, I certainly appreciate them -- but I do respond to other contacts.)

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  • File Size: 4543 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
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  • Publisher: Sheer Hubris Press (December 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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