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Karen Jones Gowen

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Born and raised in central Illinois, Karen attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She transferred to Brigham Young University, where she met her husband Bruce, and there graduated with a degree in English and American Literature.

Karen and Bruce have lived in Utah, Illinois, California and Washington, currently residing in Panajachel, Guatemala. They are the parents of ten children. Not surprisingly, family relationships are a recurring theme in Karen's writing.

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(The following is an excerpt from the book I’m writing about our Guatemala experience.) I didn’t realize how much stress I was feeling in the first house we had in Guatemala until we’d finally left it. The lack of natural light throughout the house, the termite problem, the sounds of animal life on the roof […] Read more of this blog post »
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Description: Two sisters, one facing opportunity, the other tragedy. Can their bond endure? When the lives of two sisters take a much different course than expected And one sister is on the verge of realizing her lifelong dream while the other faces a terrible tragedy To give a voice to a beloved baby who had none To show the incredible power that comes to families when they pull together to overcome challenges. At these times, a house of pain can become a house of diamonds.

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Write a book about a family during the era of time when I grew up, and clothe the story with stunningly beautiful language that makes me want to laugh and cry all at once, and I will fall at your feet in amazement. This is one of the very few books w ...more
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This is one of those books that 1) I couldn't put down and 2) the second after finishing it I had to write a review to tell the world how amazing it is. The author has written a beautiful tribute to her mother in this memoir, and much much more. I ca ...more
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Wonderful book. Every page is like a poem. I think I've discovered a new favorite author.
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Just okay. I thought I'd like it better than I did but was disappointed in the last third of the book. Still, I'm glad I read it and I'd definitely try other books by this author as I liked his style.
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I could barely finish this weak and shallow book. I guess you'd call it a novel, more like a long outline or summary of a novel not yet written. I slogged through because I wanted to see what was a bestseller in post WW II America. No character devel ...more
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I've always been captivated by the idea of a child raised by monkeys, thanks to Tarzan movies when I was young, I suppose. It seemed like a fascinating but unbelievable premise until I read Marina Chapman's story. I recommend this book to the entire ...more
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“A folklore study differs from most writing, in that the tale is told in the voice of the individual telling the story, not by the collector.”
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“Death is the beginning of life as life is the beginning of death, and all floods start a movement that cycle from scouring to sediment building. The same sediments that build also bury.”
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