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Kimmel sets up a bit of a mystery with the character Thomas, but we meet him only very briefly, and nothing more is said about him (although we assume that Cassie return ...more
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[update]: oh good lord - claire and i saw haven kimmel read last night, which was glorious. I have a total girl-crush on anyone who talk about the eschatology of john ashcroft one minute, and the next minute tell a hilarious anecdote about being on the morning show and trying to make katie couric look smart. which brings me to this book (which is now autographed "To Cat ...more
Ok - something about the way she writes her novels (but NOT her memoirs) make her a bit inaccessible - I feel REALLY dumb sometimes, like I'm WAY not picking up on some undercurrent or innuendo or something...It's frustrating, and I feel as though I'm not enjoying her novels as much as I COULD if I were, say...understanding what she's getting at.
This one was pretty bleak, although Cassie's anger was AWESOME, and she is our generation's TOWAND ...more
The story takes place primarily in rural Indiana, a place where girls were girls and men were men. The story is told from Cassie's point of a view, a girl wh ...more
She had just traces of her funny descriptions that I eat up. Ex: Other people began to trickle in, a middle-aged couple who looked like they'd just woken up and eaten fried eggs.
Mostly though, I was sad for Laura, the mother, who gave up her life to chase a man who was never loyal. I don't know why I'm drawn to sad, sad lives.
But a fairly happy ending! if you like that sort of thing.
Kimmel does more than write what she knows, she writes who she is into each cell of the story, making it live and breathe.
Kimmel developed a diverse fan club after the success of her smart, funny, and best-selling memoir, A Girl Named Zippy, and her poignant novel, The Solace of Leaving Early. In Something Rising, Kimmel both varies and adheres to these forms, chronicling the everyday events and dramas of a determined young woman living in a small town and aching for another life. Critics praise Kimmel's complex, unsentimental style and convincing plot. The rather slow pace in the middle detracts slightly from this...more
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Holy Cow! I read it on a Tuesday. Re-read it on Wednesday. Put it down and walked away. Read it AGAIN on Saturday. I'm a frequent re-reader, a well-known book is like coffee with an old friend but this was like a bolt of passion out of the blue, a torrid affair, chance meeting and instant desire ...more
She starts at the beginning and parcels out truths and moments slowly, patiently, carefully such that the reader is strung along, growing along, wishing along, until the book ends and the reader feels a relief for the characters, a celebration, and a ...more
Kimmel earned her undergraduate degree in English and creative writing from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and a graduate degree from North Carolina State University, where she studied with novelist Lee Smith. ...more