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Strong Hollow

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In her bold debut novel, Linda Little has crafted a story where music, creativity, and sexuality merge, as a young Nova Scotian carver embarks on a profound discovery of his sense of self. Strong Hollow tells the story of Jackson Bigney, a young man coping with a crippling past of repression, alcoholism, and poverty.

Failure seems built-in to Jackson's life. His father, a b
Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Goose Lane Editions
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Janet Barclay
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This wasn't quite what I expected - it was even better! I thought it would be about a young gay man with a troubled past finding himself, but it was much more. Although Jackson learning he was gay was pivotal to the story, it's far from the whole story. The relationships between the members of his large family are depicted wonderfully, as disturbing as they are. This book deserves to be much better known!
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it
In her debut novel Linda Little tells the story of a reticent and socially backward young man named Jackson Bigney. Early in the novel Jackson finds the body of his hard-living, hard-drinking father in a ditch not far from the family home in rural Nova Scotia. The death of his father represents a turning point for Jackson and the rest of the Bigney family. Jackson's mother is left to run the farm and Jackson--who after enduring nineteen years of emotional and physical terrorism at the hands of h ...more
Lana Shupe
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Linda Little has strung every one of my nerves to it's absolute breaking point with the haunting narrative in this book. I felt so deeply and so strongly for Jackson (the book's main character) - I felt my heart would break in two. Growing up in rural Nova Scotia I met and lived alongside families much like the one in this book. Linda has crafted a story around the mentality of the generation I grew up in. I felt transported back to my growing up years. Each word has been carefully chose to evok ...more
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Grim and beautiful.
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
started slow, grabbed me as I went along, Jackson is a good complex character -- I want to know how he makes out
Whoretense Facepillow
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Strong Book. I think this was her first novel, quite detailed and gripping and moving even. Love that she gets a hyper masculine closet case.
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Fibrelady by: Cathie
Heart wrenching story of a man trying to find peace within himself and the joy he eventually found in an unexpected place.
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