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Indie fiction, published by a non-profit and recently named "Best First Novel!" -- Natalie and Rob are twenty-somethings who have been out of school for a few years and are charting various paths of downward mobility. A shadow of 1999's “Battle of Seattle” can be felt in the streets of Bellingham in late 2000 and early 2001, the setting of the novel. Natalie has retreated ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published November 20th 2009 by *culture is not optional
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Laryn
Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Best novel I've written in my entire life. Hands down. ...more
Libby Nyland
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
The author's craft and figurative language made this book an enjoyable read! The title is very fitting for describing the humanity of the characters. I'm thinking about recommending this book for my book club as there are so many topics perfect for group discussions. ...more
Iris
May 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'm torn between two and three stars for this book. On the one hand, it was different than any other book I've ever read which is always refreshing. On the other, the story was thin and the end was unsatisfying.

This book contained two main things... philosophy of religion and LOTS of character development. It was the story of Rob and Nat... just two normal people that are retrying a relationship after a break-up. The dialogue felt realistic, and the characters were believable. By the end of the
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Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
A tender portrait of two 20-somethings searching for a purpose and direction with the limited tools they have. Most of all I enjoyed the spiritual questions Natalie posed to herself and others:

"Both Christians and anarchists were imperfect people with imperfect morals, incomplete knowledge, and inaccurate interpretations of the cause, but can you fault the ideal for the people who profess it and don't follow it, or those who are following a distorted version of it."
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Laryn Kragt Bakker was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has a degree in graphic design and computer science from Dordt College and is currently living in Memphis with his wife and children. His debut novel, Clutching Dust and Stars, was published in 2009 and named "Best First Novel" by Hearts and Minds Books. In addition to writing and art, he is a graphic designer and web developer for n ...more

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