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Stanza Thompson knows how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but she can't read the signs of the times. Not, at least, until the witching hour. Stanza is a young American scholar working in Belgium when her husband, Pierre, is killed in a tragic bicycle accident. Devastated by her soul mate's death, she moves back to her family home in rural Kansas. In her five-year a ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published August 3rd 2015 by Dragoman Editing & Publishing (first published October 14th 2013)
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Amira Mejidova
Thanks to the author Sara Rich for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I started reading this book I realized that it wasn't like anything I have ever read before. Both the setting and the language of the novel makes it so unique. It is a very dark story that engrosses the reader very quickly. Sometimes that can be really scary because I remember having vivid nightmares after going to sleep reading this book. Also, the novel has a lot of twists which mak
Lord Beardsley
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've been hell-bent for a few years about how there should be a recognized Midwestern Gothic (a la Southern Gothic) genre, and Ligatures adds to that argument. Her depiction of rural Kansas shortly after a right-wing coup has taken over the United States is dead-on and terrifyingly close to current reality. Beautiful prose winds its way through this narrative of loss, grieving, and mysticism that brings to mind the early work of Barbara Kingsolver and Margaret Atwood. ...more
Suba Wijesinghe
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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“Your Heart Shall Wither And Die, The Gods And I Have Willed It.”

A paperback Copy won through GOODREADS GIVEAWAY! Special Thanks goes to author Sara Rich who shipped the book quickly with an extra gift [Ink Drawing Paperback]; And to the Goodreads Crew who organize this giveaway.

Wicked! Extraordinary! I am still transmitting myself from confusion to conclusion………………….

”Love is never really what we make it out to be in our minds. Get past the desire, see it for what it was, what it is,
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Ligatures is for readers who appreciate beautiful language and enjoy a story that both entertains and stimulates thought. It is on the dark side, and is not a simple “feel good” read. Instead, it is a novel with depth and complexity and power. Sara Rich is absolutely an author to watch. the full review at UndergroundBookReviews(dot)org!
Maria Haskins
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first encountered Sara Rich through her short fiction, specifically her fabulously strange and chilling short story 'Hel 266'. 'Ligatures' reminds me in some ways of that short story, twisting together complex relationships, history, science, religion, and slow-creeping horror into a tale that worms its way underneath your skin as you read it.

'Ligatures' is set in something close to our present day, in a time when the US has been taken over by racist, xenophobic, science-hating, religious extr
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was enjoyable for about the first 3/4, but the last 1/4 and the ending are bad. Not bad in that I just don't like where the plot went, but bad as in it doesn't tie up ANY of the many interesting threads introduced in the plot. It's a shock ending for the sake of shock ending, and really seems quite tacked on as if the author just got bored and said, "Nope, I guess I'm done." Not recommended. ...more
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Sara Rich grew up in rural Kansas, where she started writing short stories and poetry at the age of six. Nowadays, she writes weird and allohistorical fiction and has authored and illustrated childrens' books in English and Dutch (under the pseudonym Ann Henri). Her nonfiction works and illustrations have been published in numerous magazines and scholarly journals. Sara's dark fiction shorts have ...more

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