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Title:The Solace of Leaving Early
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Number of Pages:288
Category:Fiction, Literary fiction, Novels

The Solace of Leaving Early by Haven Kimmel

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Solace of Leaving Early Using small town life as a springboard to explore the loftiest of ideas Haven Kimmel s irresistibly smart and generous first novel is at once a romance and a haunting meditation on grief and faith Langston Braverman returns to Haddington Indiana pop after walking out on an academic career that has equipped her for little but lording it over other people Amos Townsend is trying to minister to a congregation that would prefer simple affirmations to his esoteric brand of theology .

What draws these difficult if not impossible people together are two wounded little girls who call themselves Immaculata and Epiphany They are the daughters of Langston s childhood friend and the witnesses to her murder And their need for love is so urgent that neither Langston nor Amos can resist it though they do their best to resist each other Deftly walking the tightrope between tragedy and comedy b The Solace of Leaving Early b is a joyous story about finding one s better self through accepting the shortcomings of others

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Cassie Claiborne s world is riddled with problems beyond her control her hard living pool shooting father has another wife her mother can t seem to move herself mentally away from the kitchen window and her sister Belle is a tempest of fragility and brilliance Frustrated by her inability to care for so many Cassie finds in the local pool hall an oasis of green felt where she can master objects and restrain her emotions br br As Cassie grows up she takes on the thankless role of family provider by working odd jobs and hustling pool All the while she keeps her eye on the ultimate prize wringing suitable justice from past wrongs and freeing herself from her life s inertia br br In this uplifting story Haven Kimmel reaches deep into the hamstrung souls of her fictional corner of Indiana to create an astonishing work of pure heartbreak, There is a darkness so great it obliterates everything Even the heart It started the day the first horse died That was the day things began to spin apart the moment a shadow passed over the farm and would not leave The Foley family were in trouble long before that their land plunged into debt each of them struggling in their own way to stay afloat Asa the good hearted father Maeve the tough but loving mother Larkin the perfect loyal son and sweet little Morgayna the joy in all their lives And then set apart from the rest of the family is sixteen year old Kerry a strange reclusive girl ever distant watchful The horse was only the first one by one the animals on the farm start to die Then strange things begin to happen in the house as though a dark thing has stirred and will not rest Meanwhile Kerry is drawn to an attic room where secrets await they lead her back to a past she has fought to forget to the origins of her family and the genesis of something terrible What Kerry discovers there is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined, In this sequel to the top selling i A Girl Named Zippy i the woman rising heroically from the couch is Zippy s mother Delonda After years of languorous existence this oversized couch potato emerged from the den to pursue a higher education Delonda was well read but in other ways seemed ill suited for college This middle aged pound coed had a husband who disapproved of the entire venture no driver s license and almost no money Like its predecessor i She Got Up Off the Couch i holds our attention with its sympathetic rendering of idiosyncratic family characters Hilarious heartbreaking ultimately empowering, i It was mid December in Jonah Indiana a place where Fate can be decided by the weather and a storm was gathering overhead i br br So Haven Kimmel bestselling author of i A Girl Named Zippy i prepares us to enter i The Used World i a world where big hearts are frequently broken and sometimes repaired where the newfangled and the old fashioned battle it out in daily encounters both large and small where wondrous things unfold just beneath the surface of everyday life and where the weather is certainly biblical and might just be prophetic br br Hazel Hunnicutt s Used World Emporium is a sprawling antique store that is the station at the end of the line for objects that sometimes appeared tricked into visiting there Hazel the proprietor is in her sixties and it s a toss up as to whether she s more attached to her mother or her cats She s also increasingly attached to her two employees Claudia Modjeski freakishly tall forty odd years old who might finally be undone by the extreme loneliness that s dogged her all of her life and Rebekah Shook pushing thirty still living in her fervently religious father s home and carrying the child of the man who recently broke her heart The three women struggle separately and together through relationships religion and work to find their place in this world And it turns out that they are bound to each other not only by the past but also by the future as not one but two babies enter their lives turning their formerly used world brand new again br br Astonishing for what it reveals about the human capacity for both grace and mischief i The Used World i forms a loose trilogy with Kimmel s two previous novels i The Solace of Leaving Early i and i Something Rising Light and Swift i This is a book about all of America by way of a single midwestern town called Jonah and the actual breathing histories going on as Indiana s stark landscape is transformed by dying small town centers and proliferating big box stores and SUVs It s about generations of deception anguish and love and the idiosyncratic ways spirituality plays out in individual lives By turns wise and hilarious tender and fierce heartrending and inspiring i The Used World i charts the many meanings of the place we call home