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Winnemucca: A young adult, small-town fairy tale Paperback – September 13, 2011
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I will admit that when I picked Winnemucca up tonight to read it, I was tired and not really in the mood to read, which is unusual for me. However, it wasn't long before Ms. Elliott's poetic writing had drawn me in and captivated me completely. I quickly knew that I was in for the long haul, so I ran a bubble bath and poured a glass of wine and settled in for the ride. And what a ride it was! Ms. Elliott has created a main character in Ginny that makes you root for her so completely that when something bad happens (and spoiler alter: bad things do happen), you ache for her- you root for her to land on her feet, to fight harder. And Ginny is a fighter- something that I love in a YA main character. There is no whiny, push-over, mopey girl here in Ginny. No way. She's totally kick-ace. Winnemucca is more than a coming-of-age story. It's a tale of a girl from a small town who wants- NEEDS- to discover her true self, to come into her own rather than fall into a pre-cut mold of who others think she should be. This is a novel that is so poetic that it practically reads like a song. The metaphors and descriptions that Elliott uses are a treat and the storyline is both age-old and unique at the same time. I love this book. I love the writing in this book. I highly recommend it to anyone- young and old alike. Seriously- go read it. You'll be happy you did. --Courtney Cole, Author The Bloodstone Saga
Winnemucca is a dreamy, intense journey and coming of age for Ginny. As the reader follows that journey with her, we learn powerful lessons about life and love and the importance of following our feet, wherever they may lead. For Ginny, her restless feet lead her to danger and fear but also to love and answers to her past. Author Laura Elliott's writing voice is very unique. She had me at the first line. There is a lyrical, almost poetic style to her prose, and it lulls you into a dream state as you walk alongside Ginny and root for her to make it through her tribulations unscathed. I highly recommend this book for those who adore coming-of-age stories, strong heroines, and literary fiction. --Cheri Lasota, Author Artemis Rising
Winnemucca is a newborn classic. --Frederick Brooke, Author Andy Ogden Mysteries
About the Author
I love writing about enchanted road trips, shadow worlds, and alien romance while eating lots of popcorn. I live in a tree house on the central California coast. After twenty-plus years as a freelance graphic designer/animator with clients including E! Entertainment Television and The Los Angeles Times, I crossed over into the world of publishing non-fiction and followed my heart to the world of fiction. You can find me on my blog Laurasmagicday.wordpress.com, on Facebook and @Laurawriting and on Goodreads too!
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"When the convict slipped back into the circular crowd, I grabbed a handful of San Joaquin soil and swirled the fingers of my free hand in the little mound of dirt in my palm. I touched my soil-stained fingers to my heart and became a Child of the Road."
The story is not complicated, but Virginia Mae's stubborn mind sure is. Running away from her own impending marriage, she has found out that the thing she hates the most is to be managed. She is learning to listen to the impulses that "bubble up inside" and continually reminds herself, especially when the going gets tough, "One foot in front of the other."
Her birth-mother is in Winnemucca, so Ginny is not just running away from something. She is on a quest to find her mother and connect, for the first time. To claim the things that have been denied her. She takes us with her on her harrowing, sometimes dangerous, always breathtaking road-trip, allowing the reader to eavesdrop on every moment of the gorgeously conflicted consciousness of a seventeen-year-old rebel.
There is irony in the fact that the largest employer in her hometown is a federal prison, and half the town population lives within its walls. At one point, Ginny stands just outside the prison fence, looking in: "A convict paused inside the chain-link with his hands on his hips. I let go of the prison sign, dropped to my feet and stood ramrod straight, as different from the wimpy oats as possible. We stared at each other. Him in his prison. Me in mine. We both knew what kept us walking in circles." The writing is self-assured, powerful, and poetic.
Her journey to Winnemucca is Ginny's road to self-discovery, out of her own personal prison of ignorance and self-delusion. From her website I saw that Laura Elliott has another book coming out in a few months. I predict a wide following for this author if the next book is anywhere near as good as Winnemucca. Winnemucca is a newborn classic.
Ginny is the main character and in so many ways the reader can relate to her life. Everyone in her life knows what is best for her and they don't care what Ginny wants. Like so many of us Ginny has to find the courage to fight for her dreams, her desires, and the guy she loves. The story begins with Ginny walking down a dusty road confused and scared of the future that is being mapped out for her by her family and boyfriend. Everyone believes she is living the perfect life but it isn't what Ginny wants. She is unhappy and lost. Needing to get away from a horrible mistake and wanting to find the mother she has never known Ginny sets out on an adventure that will have you crying, cheering and laughing while you read how one young girl fights for her choices in life instead of just sitting back and accepting fate.
Laura Elliott takes us on a journey of self-discovery as told through the amazingly profound introspection of a young girl as she finds wisdom, truth, and happiness in a life that's much more magical than anything she ever could've anticipated. Elliott's voice is so unique and captivating, her turn of phrase so poetic and delightful, that it makes this story seem mystical and transcendent in a way that I've not read before. I look forward to her future works to see what philosophical gems and charming use of language she might enchant me with next.