July 15, 2014

IndieReader Reviews 'Deep Down Things'

The lovely Julia Lai, who reviewed my story collection How to Be a Man, also reviewed the novel Deep Down Things.  I'm so grateful to her and to IndieReader!



IndieReader Review of Deep Down Things
IR Verdict: DEEP DOWN THINGS ultimately chooses to focus on the emotional growth of the characters instead of attempting to radically innovate the novelistic form. However, Linse makes each journey relatable and emotionally textured while occasionally injecting her signature literary observations. 
Building off the exceptional promise of her short-story collection How to Be a Man, author Tamara Linse returns with a novel about three orphaned siblings in Loveland, Colorado and their struggles to find love, meaning, and the strength to care for each other. The novel opens with a bullfight and the charismatic Jackdaw, who quickly catches the attention of Maggie, sister to bartender CJ and smart-but-socially awkward Tibs. Although Jackdaw manages to escape the fate of the circus clown who is gored by the bull in the ring, his desire to become a writer at the expense of his new wife and child present him with an altogether different but equally dangerous set of personally vexing challenges. CJ is hardly having an easy time of it either, as she begins to explore heretofore unknown dimensions of herself. Meanwhile, Tibs must balance his friendship with Jackdaw with the realities of loyalty and personal ambition.
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Here's what's up next. Tomorrow I'll post an excerpt.  Thursday I’ll talk about how it was written.  Friday I’ll give you a teaser about what’s coming down the pike in the future. 
Building off the exceptional promise of her short-story collection How to Be a Man, author Tamara Linse returns with a novel about three orphaned siblings in Loveland, Colorado and their struggles to find love, meaning, and the strength to care for each other. The novel opens with a bullfight and the charismatic Jackdaw, who quickly catches the attention of Maggie, sister to bartender CJ and smart-but-socially awkward Tibs. Although Jackdaw manages to escape the fate of the circus clown who is gored by the bull in the ring, his desire to become a writer at the expense of his new wife and child present him with an altogether different but equally dangerous set of personally vexing challenges. CJ is hardly having an easy time of it either, as she begins to explore heretofore unknown dimensions of herself. Meanwhile, Tibs must balance his friendship with Jackdaw with the realities of loyalty and personal ambition. - See more at: http://indiereader.com/2014/07/deep-things/#sthash.uAbFW2G7.dpu
IR Verdict: DEEP DOWN THINGS ultimately chooses to focus on the emotional growth of the characters instead of attempting to radically innovate the novelistic form. However, Linse makes each journey relatable and emotionally textured while occasionally injecting her signature literary observations. - See more at: http://indiereader.com/2014/07/deep-things/#sthash.uAbFW2G7.dpuf
IR Verdict: DEEP DOWN THINGS ultimately chooses to focus on the emotional growth of the characters instead of attempting to radically innovate the novelistic form. However, Linse makes each journey relatable and emotionally textured while occasionally injecting her signature literary observations. - See more at: http://indiereader.com/2014/07/deep-things/#sthash.uAbFW2G7.dpuf
IR Verdict: DEEP DOWN THINGS ultimately chooses to focus on the emotional growth of the characters instead of attempting to radically innovate the novelistic form. However, Linse makes each journey relatable and emotionally textured while occasionally injecting her signature literary observations. - See more at: http://indiereader.com/2014/07/deep-things/#sthash.uAbFW2G7.dpuf
IR Verdict: DEEP DOWN THINGS ultimately chooses to focus on the emotional growth of the characters instead of attempting to radically innovate the novelistic form. However, Linse makes each journey relatable and emotionally textured while occasionally injecting her signature literary observations. - See more at: http://indiereader.com/2014/07/deep-things/#sthash.uAbFW2G7.dpuf

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