- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 11, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781534989320
- ISBN-13: 978-1534989320
- ASIN: 1534989323
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,634,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I love it when I come across an author I have never heard of and their work blows me away. Better yet, when it's their debut novel and I end up loving every bit of it. Nancy Burkey did just that for me....I read it all in one sitting and I have to say, she made it so easy for me. Her writing was impeccably smooth and the storyline was well thought out... The author clearly shows in the book how perception makes us all form different opinions. The fact that they were all from different cultures, backgrounds and upbringings made them look at certain things in a different way from each other... Pick it up!" ~ 5 Stars, Waridi Wanjiku, reviewer for NetGalley, Goodreads, and own website.
"Author Nancy Burkey takes her psychiatric skills to a different level in her debut book Rubbing Stones....Aside of the fact that Jane is forced to use her medical skills as a means of survival, Burkey's main theme focuses on how horrific circumstances can force people to introspection, especially as they face unresolved conflict (fears) in their lives. Burkey's portrayal of this theme is best recognized by having each character's thought processes well defined as they engage in dialogue....Burkey balances her well-written storyline by combining the above mentioned literary tools while filling alternating character scenes with plenty of twists and turns. A great read with Silver Screen potential, Rubbing Stones is earmarked to become a favorite!" ~ 5 Stars, Pacific Book Review
"What makes this beautifully written novel superb is the unique way Dr. Burkey brilliantly combines her expertise as an esteemed psychiatrist who handles some of the most difficult cases across the US and her background as a person who has had a lifelong love of traveling the world. Dr. Burkey uses that as her framework to create fascinating characters who draw you into their minds and lives and take you on a remarkable journey that you never want to end." ~ Sue Breding, multiple Emmy Award winning TV news reporter
"The action does not slow down nor did my fingers as I turned the pages. Burkey does a masterful job of weaving the details together, creating a tightly constructed plot that unfolds with a variety of twists and turns...I recommend Rubbing Stones to anyone who is looking for a fast paced, thoughtful, and entertaining read. Five stars."~ J.T.O'Neill, NetGalley, Goodreads, and Amazon reviewer
About the Author
Nancy Burkey is a practicing psychiatrist who closed her private practice in Northern California and now travels the country for several months every year providing temporary services to clinics and hospitals from coast to coast. She turned to fiction as the perfect escape from spending much of her time inside the minds of very real people, and she particularly likes the split between what people think and what they say out loud.
Rubbing Stones is her first novel, and it evolved from an adventurous trip she took to Africa with her sons.
To find out more, or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her at www.nancyburkey.com.
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I think this writer has potential. The writing itself wasn't bad; I just felt that the storytelling needed help.
Exciting and thought inspiring.
The book begins with a scene where the main character, a teaching psychiatrist, is evaluating a class of new residents. Once we leave that scenario, we quickly arrive in Africa where her small family is confronted with their own vulnerability and mortality. The story is well-paced and hard to put down.
I was intrigued, though, with the opening chapter where Burkey (herself a psychiatrist) describes the teaching process from her area of expertise. I would love to read more about that adventure - perhaps in the next novel.