Archive - August 21, 2013

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Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76) Novel The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
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New Novel by Kent Haruf (Turkey 1965-67)

Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76) Novel The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

Twenty years in the writing, we now have Bob Shacochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76) novel, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, that spans five decades and three continents back-dropped by different wars. It is, his publisher, Grove Atlantic says, “his magnum opus.” They (the publisher) writes:”Shacochis builds a complex and disturbing story about America’s coming of age in a pre-9/11 world.” Shacochis, one of the RPCV’s finest writers, reaches “deeper, drawing on his extensive first hand experience as a war correspondent to illuminate the simmering political, cultural, and historical global struggle through riveting and richly layered fiction, presenting an intimate portrait of the catastrophic events that led up to the war on terror and the America we have become.” Bob will be reading and signing books as a series of book stores, colleges, and other sites in the coming months. I’ll try to keep you alerted. So to begin. In early . . .

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New Novel by Kent Haruf (Turkey 1965-67)

Benediction, a new new novel by Kent Haruf, was published in March and I missed the pub date. Here is some information on the book. Benediction By Kent Haruf (Turkey 1965–67) Knopf $25.95 (hardcover), $15.00 (paperback), $12.99 (Kindle) 272 pages 2013 An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: Kent Haruf writes about small towns and regular people, but don’t underestimate his ambition. He is writing about life, and to do that he has returned again and again–first with Plainsong, later with Eventide–to the small town of Holt, located on the eastern plains of Colorado. In Benediction, Haruf introduces us to Dad Lewis, a 77-year-old hardware store owner who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The experience of reading Haruf is a slow burn, but as we meet the people who gather around Dad Lewis in his final days we begin to see that this is a book . . .

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