“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra
|by Leonid Pasternak (via)|
|The Wabash Band|
|Me, Steve, Eli, and Elizabeth|
|Frank and Ellen Strong, on whom |
Earth's Imagined Corners Is Based
In 1885 Anamosa, Iowa, Sara Moore is a dutiful daughter, but when her father tries to force her to marry his younger partner, she must choose between the partner—a man who treats her like property—and James Youngblood—a kind man she hardly knows who has a secret. When she confronts her father, he beats her and turns her out of the house, breaking all ties, so she decides to elope with James to Kansas City with hardly a penny to their names.I'm particularly excited about this one ~ oh, let's face it, I'm particularly excited about all my books! ~ because it's the first novel I wrote and it's based on the lives of my great grandparents Frank and Ellen Strong. This one follows them as they make their way from Iowa to Kansas City, and the next two in the series follow them as they work their way across Nebraska, their brush with the Battle of Wounded Knee, and then settlement in northern Wyoming and the influx of the Mormon community.
|Claude Monet, The Reader|
|Via Sheila Addleman Photography|
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.