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message 1: by Liz (last edited Jul 19, 2018 01:57PM) (new)

Liz I love a good "fine ride in the moment!" Your review is tantalizing Carol, and you would have sold me if hadn't already added this book literally 2 hours ago! :-)


message 2: by Carol (new)

Carol Liz wrote: "I love a good "fine ride in the moment!" Your review is tantalizing Carol, and you would have sold me if hadn't already added this book literally 2 hours ago! :-)"

Ha! I'm so glad, Liz. I struggled with what to say about this one for days, and am glad if it achieved any amount of tantalization. I'd love to hear what you think of it if it hits your nightstand. The release date is 8/14, right around the corner.


Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Carol, this is such a lovely and perfectly-worded review. I have this one and am looking forward to reading it. I live a couple hours from where this takes place, and whenever I read a book set in Appalachia, I am culture-shocked, in a good way, every time.


message 4: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Fabulous review, Carol! I'm looking forward to reading this!


message 5: by Tom Swift (new)

Tom Swift Wow, sounds great.


message 6: by Carol (new)

Carol Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister wrote: "Carol, this is such a lovely and perfectly-worded review. I have this one and am looking forward to reading it. I live a couple hours from where this takes place, and whenever I read a book set in ..."

I agree, Jennifer. West of Asheville is another country. A good one, but quite different. Thanks!


message 7: by Carol (new)

Carol Meredith wrote: "Fabulous review, Carol! I'm looking forward to reading this!"

Meredith, I think you’ll be a fan. Thank you! I look forward to reading your comments when you are done.


message 8: by Carol (new)

Carol Tom Swift wrote: "Wow, sounds great."

Tom, it’s difficult to compare this to anyone we’ve read before, but I think you’d be a big fan. Let me know what you think if you read it.


message 9: by Fred (new)

Fred Shaw Great find Carol! I really enjoy stories that take place in NC.


message 10: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Very nice review, Carol!


message 11: by ALLEN (new)

ALLEN Nice review, Carol! Have you read anything by Lee (DIMESTORE) Smith?

Dimestore A Writer's Life by Lee Smith.


message 12: by Carol (new)

Carol Fred wrote: "Great find Carol! I really enjoy stories that take place in NC."

I agree - and then finding ones with a bit of a hard edge is rare.


message 13: by Carol (new)

Carol Lisa wrote: "Very nice review, Carol!"

Thank you, Lisa!


message 14: by Carol (new)

Carol ALLEN wrote: "Nice review, Carol! Have you read anything by Lee (DIMESTORE) Smith?

Dimestore A Writer's Life by Lee Smith."


I have not, Allen. So many books, so little time, as Frank said.


message 15: by ALLEN (new)

ALLEN Lee Smith grew up in little Grundy, Virginia, where her father ran the local Ben Franklin (hence: "Dimestore"). She and her husband now live in Hillsboro, NC.


message 16: by Carol (new)

Carol ALLEN wrote: "Lee Smith grew up in little Grundy, Virginia, where her father ran the local Ben Franklin (hence: "Dimestore"). She and her husband now live in Hillsboro, NC."

Grundy’s a great place to be from, as they say. Thanks for this, Allen!


Jenny (Reading Envy) I've had one of his books on my shelf since the last year we had an SC Book Festival and he signed my copy... that was three years ago and I still haven't read it. What IS my problem.


message 18: by ALLEN (new)

ALLEN Maybe it's everyone's problem? "Too many books, too little time."


message 19: by Carol (new)

Carol Jenny (Reading Envy) wrote: "I've had one of his books on my shelf since the last year we had an SC Book Festival and he signed my copy... that was three years ago and I still haven't read it. What IS my problem."

I find it difficult too once a novel isn’t being discussed by new Lit readers any more to select it. It’s not new, but it’s not classic... it’s worth a push, though, for you to try Joy.


message 20: by ALLEN (new)

ALLEN It won't be officially published until next month, so it can't yet be obsolescent. But a good new novel will usually stimulate sales of the author's prior ones.


message 21: by Carol (new)

Carol ALLEN wrote: "It won't be officially published until next month, so it can't yet be obsolescent. But a good new novel will usually stimulate sales of the author's prior ones."

Jenny’s signed copy from the last SC Book Festival likely is The Weight of This World, Allen...


message 22: by ALLEN (new)

ALLEN Okay!


message 23: by Robin (new)

Robin Ooh. This sounds quite appealing, and you did SUCH a fab job telling me about it. I loved the passage you quoted. Have you read any William Gay, by chance? The writing sort of reminded me of his, which is southern gothic / noir of the highest calibre.


message 24: by Carol (new)

Carol Robin wrote: "Ooh. This sounds quite appealing, and you did SUCH a fab job telling me about it. I loved the passage you quoted. Have you read any William Gay, by chance? The writing sort of reminded me of his, w..."

Not yet. Which is your favorite?


message 25: by ALLEN (new)

ALLEN I thought there was a no-book-promotion rule at GR discussions and comments?


message 26: by Janet (new)

Janet This book was just recommended to me by another Goodreads friend so that along with your 5 star review means I have to get my hands on it. Have you read Donald Ray Pollack? I'm wondering if the styles are similar.


message 27: by Carol (new)

Carol Janet wrote: "This book was just recommended to me by another Goodreads friend so that along with your 5 star review means I have to get my hands on it. Have you read Donald Ray Pollack? I'm wondering if the sty..."

Janet, my apologies for not responding earlier. I just saw your inquiry a moment ago. I haven’t read Pollack, but if you’re a member of the Southern Trail group, many there have read both and could give you a sense of how and in what ways they might be similar.


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