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Susan Bernhard Every once in a (great) while, the words flow like they're being channeled. It's amazing sometimes that the story is locked inside at all so when it…moreEvery once in a (great) while, the words flow like they're being channeled. It's amazing sometimes that the story is locked inside at all so when it comes out like it's being summoned whole, it's pretty fun. I used to find it so pretentious when writers talked about their characters as if they were real people. But it happens sometimes. Characters get a mind of their own. I recently abandoned a project because the characters were too stubborn. I'd sit in my chair to write and I pictured them staring at me, arms crossed, leaning up against a fence. If I asked them to move or speak, it was like they just stared back at me, slowly shaking their heads, like, "Nope that's not my story." Even that experience, of the whole thing going sideways, is kind of cool. You can't force it, that's for sure. But that's the writing. The best part of being a writer is most definitely being part of a community of writers. Mine is generous, talented, creative, and funny. So many true and dear friends.(less)
Susan Bernhard While the story is about a 16 year old boy, it's told from a reminiscent perspective, a grown man looking back on this particular year in his life,…moreWhile the story is about a 16 year old boy, it's told from a reminiscent perspective, a grown man looking back on this particular year in his life, living with his grandparents after witnessing his mother's death. I think older teens may appreciate the story but ultimately it's adult literary fiction. Thanks for your question!(less)
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Winter Loon

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The Ticking Is the Bomb by Nick Flynn
“Some mornings you wake up fully in your body, and you know this is all there is--the air, the shape your body makes in the air, your hand, the skin that covers your hand, the air that covers your skin, the light that fills the air, a few colors in the light, this one thought, this dream dissolving--it is a dream that, in your half-awake state, embarrasses you. You don't tell it to the woman waking up beside you, the woman you love, because it is about another woman, whom you might also love. This is the dream you need to hold onto, this is your shadow speaking, attempting to bewilder you again. Sometimes, if you lay still, you can feel the air entering each cell, sometimes you can feel the blood in your lips. Sometimes, if you lay very still, you can feel the whole web tremble.”
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Come and Get Me by August Norman
"This was a great novel, first in a series, about a damaged journalist, a missing girl, and Indiana University. What’s not to love? Author August Norman skillfully weaves Bloomington, IN landmarks and watering holes throughout. From Lennie’s to Kil..." Read more of this review »
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"Come and Get Me by author August Norman is a fast paced thriller with a strong female leading character. The secondary characters are well developed and the plot is thick and gripping!
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What happens when faith blinds us to our own humanity? How Fires End is part war story and aftermath, part mythology, a lamentation shot-through with melancholy and pathos. Rafalà writes of the fathers and sons and daughters of Mellili, Sicily with s ...more
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“Sometimes it’s easier to build something new than it is to fix something broken.”
Susan Bernhard, Winter Loon

“I think about that, about the boy I was and my drowned mother. What did I know, really? Her love for me was deep and frantic. And the desperation of her dying the way she did was keen, sharp like the blade she left behind, like the loon’s black bill. I was not able to put my thoughts together right then, not for years, that the ice had closed in on my mother long before she went out onto Bright Lake.”
Susan Bernhard, Winter Loon

“She softened, allowed me to see her grief. Tears pooled in her eyes but didn’t fall. Instead they seemed to recede, like the cascade went down her throat and into her belly. The moment was deep and fleeting and gone.”
Susan Bernhard, Winter Loon

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“Some mornings you wake up fully in your body, and you know this is all there is--the air, the shape your body makes in the air, your hand, the skin that covers your hand, the air that covers your skin, the light that fills the air, a few colors in the light, this one thought, this dream dissolving--it is a dream that, in your half-awake state, embarrasses you. You don't tell it to the woman waking up beside you, the woman you love, because it is about another woman, whom you might also love. This is the dream you need to hold onto, this is your shadow speaking, attempting to bewilder you again. Sometimes, if you lay still, you can feel the air entering each cell, sometimes you can feel the blood in your lips. Sometimes, if you lay very still, you can feel the whole web tremble.”
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