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Tamsin Eliot isn’t half the painter her father was. She tried, but she didn’t inherit his talent. She didn’t inherit his sense of adventure, either, preferring to stay close to home. But after the death of her mother, she does inherit his coat. In its pocket, she finds a riddle - a crayon drawing of a lone stick figure, signed by a child named Ida and tucked in an envelope ...more
Paperback, 2, 267 pages
Published January 3rd 2019 by Pen & Key Publishing
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Dawn Hosmer
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stick Figures from Rockport is an eloquently told story about finding truth about our pasts even when its painful. Its about healing and dealing with grief. And, ultimately about moving on.

Lane is a talented storyteller and crafts believable characters along with vivid details of the setting, making the reader feel like they are right there alongside the characters. I am typically a fast reader but found myself wanting to slow down while reading Stick Figures just to savor the lovely storytellin
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Kathy
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book..It was just okay..What caught my eye was the word Rockport..I love Rockport Mass..One of the best places to visit in America...I always wanted to have an art studio there..that never happened, however..

So, I found the book to be depressing, overall, and I didn't warm up to the sisters..I felt like I was struggling to get to the end..The feeling of lovely Rockport came through, somewhat, but not really the Rockport that I know and love..Also, the story neede
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Edie
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: book groups for discussion
Recommended to Edie by: our librarian Jayne the leader of our book group
This is a very simple yet intiguing story about Tamsin and Margaret Eliot and their family and the search for a girl named Ida. Tamsin grew up adoring her artist father. The sun rose and set with him in her eyes. Margaret on the other hand had a gnawing feeling that something wasn't right with her parents. Tamsin's dad passes away and then her mom passes away and Tamsin inherits her dad's coat. Inside the pocket, Tamsin finds a stick figure drawing from Rockport where she spent her summers and t ...more
Jen Brandt
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5-5. The main plot line moves slowly, but once I let go of it, I found myself nodding or crying at some of the self-reflection Tamsin acknowledges along the way. The last third was especially highlighted throughout. Over and over again Jennifer Lane found the perfect words to describe very messy emotions. If you can connect with Tamsin on a personal level, you’ll definitely appreciate this book- I appreciated how realistic her thoughts were, for better or worse. Also, a perfectly written descr ...more
Alia Hess
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-indie
I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of Stick Figures. Lane's writing is packed with humanity and introspection, her world full of eloquent, sensory details. Tamsin is a woman seeking truth and meaning in a life that feels like it's coming apart at the seams. Her isolation and yearning for her happy past is palpable. She's thrust into a believable, real life scenario - which makes her struggles all the easier to sympathize with, and Rockport is full of interesting characters and drama any ...more
L. Storms
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a lovely tale of sisters and family and finding oneself! Jennifer M Lane writes beautifully, creates believable characters who mimic real life and delves info women’s fiction as though she’s been writing it her whole life. I will definitely be reading more by her. Stick Figures from Rockport was a wonderfully done story.

(Bonus, I know all the Pennsylvania roads and towns where her main character resides. That’s always fun!)
Shelly Campbell
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer weaves such rich, vivid detail into her work and Stick Figures does not disappoint. Tasmin is a wonderfully relatable, strong and fantastically flawed character. When she messes up, she’s believable and frank. I loved this quiet but tense read. If you love immersive writing, rich detail and a good character arc, you’ll love it too!
Carrie
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great story!

I loved this! Started ready and couldn’t put it down. The characters came to life, I felt like I was getting to know the sisters , I really like Tamsin. Looking forward to reading more from Jennifer Lane.
Meghan
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, poignant and thought provoking.
Margie d
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great novel showing that some secrets need to be brought to light in order to have the kind of freedom that makes us a whole and complete person. Tamsin Eliot is fearful of letting go, but, nevertheless, sets out to find the truths of her childhood. I enjoyed this book immensely!!
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A Maryland native and Pennsylvanian at heart, Jennifer M. Lane holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Barton College and a master's in liberal arts with a focus on museum studies from the University of Delaware, where she wrote her thesis on the material culture of roadside memorials. She once co-hosted a daily automotive blog and served as the president of a large car club.

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