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Linda Holeman

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Linda Holeman is the author of fourteen books of fiction. Her work includes two adult collections of literary short stories, Flying to Yellow and Devil’s Darning Needle, as well as the historic novels The Linnet Bird, The Moonlit Cage, In a Far Country, The Saffron Gate, The Lost Souls of Angelkov, and The Devil on Her Tongue. Her young adult body of work consists of a collection of short stories, Saying Good-Bye, which was re-released as Toxic Love, and four novels: Promise Song, Mercy’s Birds, Raspberry House Blues, and Search of the Moon King’s Daughter. She has also written a first-chapter book, Frankie on the Run, illustrated by Heather Collins. To date, Linda’s work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, ...more

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Linda Holeman I was traveling in the Algarve in Portugal, and stood on a cliff at Cabo de Sao Vicente. It's the most southwestern point of Europe, and was known as …moreI was traveling in the Algarve in Portugal, and stood on a cliff at Cabo de Sao Vicente. It's the most southwestern point of Europe, and was known as "the end of the world" by sailors leaving Portugal in the 17th and 18th centuries. I found it highly evocative, standing on that windy, salt-sprayed cliff with the huge expanse of sea and sky before me, and I started to envision one young sailor setting out. The story did not end up being about that sailor, but I needed the vision to begin The Devil on Her Tongue. (less)
Linda Holeman Hi again, Sena,

I have just recently finished a novel, but everything is too new to start talking about! And I have many, many notes for the next one..…more
Hi again, Sena,

I have just recently finished a novel, but everything is too new to start talking about! And I have many, many notes for the next one...that writing will start soon. As to my personal favourite of my own written novels - very hard to answer that. There are characters and aspects in each novel that I still feel involved with, long after they've been published. The Linnet Bird was very important for starting my historical novel writing for the adult reader (I'd already written a few for the YA market), and led me to embrace the genre, so I think of it with great fondness. I also loved working on The Lost Souls of Angelkov, as it came out of my own family history, so I felt a kind of "kinship" with some of the created characters. That's about as close to answering your question as I can come! Thanks again for your interest and support. - Linda (less)
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The Linnet Bird

4.13 avg rating — 3,014 ratings — published 2004 — 32 editions
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The Moonlit Cage

4.15 avg rating — 1,272 ratings — published 2006 — 18 editions
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The Saffron Gate

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In a Far Country

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The Devil on Her Tongue

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The Lost Souls of Angelkov

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Search of the Moon King's D...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 372 ratings — published 2002 — 5 editions
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Promise Song

3.89 avg rating — 121 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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Raspberry House Blues

3.68 avg rating — 85 ratings — published 2000 — 4 editions
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Mercy's Birds

3.58 avg rating — 65 ratings — published 1998 — 5 editions
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What a strange moment to be alive: a time in history none of us could have envisioned. It’s really a time for self-reflection, being alone or isolated with family through this pandemic. There are only so many things one can do while inside for 23 out of every 24 hours – those of us who can get out for a physically-distanced walk are the lucky ones. Like some of you

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Nice to hear from you again, Kat! The order is The Linnet Bird, The Moonlit Cage, and then In a Far Country. They are very loosely linked generationally, but each is also written to be stand-alone...still, if you're going to read all three it makes s See Full Answer
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“But it wasn't just the distance. It was what had happened to me since these days, those endless, quiet days when I thought my life would always continue in that way. When my life consisted of small, certain pieces of a larger, but basically simple, puzzle.
When I was certain that I always knew where each piece fit.”
Linda Holeman, The Saffron Gate

“And now the thought came to me that I lived much of my life through the pages of books as well. That perhaps I, too, was only a paper figure. A cut-out, or silhouette. Flat.
I always thought I knew the shape of my life. Of course I thought I knew about life, thought I knew all I needed - or wanted - to know. And yet, like the opening left when a burning star falls from its perch, now an unexpected hole was left in what was once a solid curtain of understanding... ( )... Sitting under the cold stars, I understood that it was death that made me recognize life, and the existence, or pherhaps the non-existence of my own beeing.”
Linda Holeman, The Saffron Gate

“I had never wanted attention, and now I was
purposely inviting it. As I had told Dr Duverger, I had little vanity, and yet one recent
morning I realized that I was avoiding looking at my own reflection, because it was
disturbing. Did I wish to go through life like this? Yes, the scar was a horrible memento
of what I had done to my father, but now I questioned whether I needed it to be so
obvious. The actual weight was within me. I carried it as though it were a heavy
earthenware pot of water. I had to walk through my days carefully, so as not to let it spill
over. It was my own personal burden, not necessary to be shared with all who looked at
me.”
Linda Holeman, The Saffron Gate

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