Random House, November 13, 2004 , Kelly Kawano, interview with Kimmel. Although this got downright mystical at times. Emotionally abandoned by their parents, in what ways do Belle and Cassie support and comfort each other? Genteel and quintessentially southern, Laura comes across as a tragicomic figure in the tradition of Blanche DuBois, forever pining for the childhood innocence she lost when she made her one great mistake: falling in love with Jimmy. Langston Braverman comes back to her Indiana hometown after walking out on her doctoral oral exams. We follow Cassie from a complex little girl to a rebellious and impetuous young woman as she tries to create a world for her mother and sister. Funny, heartbreaking, full of the eccentricity of small-town life and the overwrought drama of the close-knit family, 'Something Rising Light and Swift ' is the story of a very unique young woman who knows that 'the worst thing that can happen to you is that you will find what you seek'.
Right away readers realize she's from a dysfunctional family. This is not my favorite Haven Kimmel book, but it was okay. Somehow, Haven Kimmel's books are more intellectually than emotionally satisfying for me. The game is this: she keeps moving forward, lining up the next shot, and she ignores everything else. I never really could get a grip on the characters and found myself slogging through to get it finished. The writing is great I suspect if I read an excerpt, I'd give it a higher rating than I would the whole book , so much so that I find myself wanting to like the story more than I do.
But Cassie's friends and family know she needs more to her life than taking care of her sister and hanging around the smoky pool halls of Indiana. New York Times, February 22, 2004, Mark Kamine, review of Something Rising Light and Swift , p. Or whether there is truly a transcendent element in an entirely mundane economy? It was hard to follow. A good daughter, she lives with her mother in her small Indiana hometown till she's 30. Detroit Free Press, August 11, 2002, Connie Ogle, review of The Solace of Leaving Early. The only disappointment was that it had to end. Finally, after her mother's death, she decides to visit New Orleans to learn about her family's past.
I probably would have enjoyed the rest of the story if I had a degree in physics. She makes a strange contrast to Laura. As Cassie grows from a quietly complex girl into a headstrong young woman, she takes on the thankless role of family provider by working odd jobs and hustling pool. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia. Kimmel sets up a bit of a mystery with the character Thomas, but we meet him only very briefly, and nothing more is said about him although we assume that Cassie returns to him.
Langston, who seems perpetually mired in surly adolescence, cannot bear her reduced circumstances, finding every aspect of small town life excruciatingly insipid. Publishers Weekly, January 15, 2001, review of A Girl Named Zippy, p. Amy Scribner recently completed a cross-country move to Olympia, Washington. If for any reason your order is not available to ship, you will not be charged. So much is unraveled at the end of the book, like a rattlesnake kite straightening its tail, or finally alighting, grounded, no longer poised to strike. I was not as impressed with the first 100 pages or so as I had hoped, although I definitely still wanted to continue reading.
Bookseller Completion Rate This reflects the percentage of orders the seller has received and filled. When the sisters are younger, Cassie suggests that Edwin's routine presence is because he loves their mother, Laura. Since the books are loosely related, I was eager to see how she would tie them together. Oh the messy geometry of life, cue ball trying to find the sweet spot, send the eight on the right trajectory. The main characters - mother, father, Uncle Bud, Cassie herself - the protagonist- were so well-wrought, tough, fierce, so unbreakable you may want to see them stumble to prove their humanity but you never will. Since the books are loosely related, I was eager to see how she would tie them together.
The father is a pool shark and though he isn't featured often in the story his presence looms because Cassie too is a gifted pool player. Cannot recommend, which is just crazy, given my adoration of Zippy and the Solace of Leaving Early. Her memoir, A Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana, put Kimmel's name and face on the literary map. She shares child-rearing duties with Amos and the two begin a David and Maddy-esque relationship around the children, although with an unusual version of witty banter. The story takes place primarily in rural Indiana, a place where girls were girls and men were men.
Something Rising Light and Swift - Reading Group Guide Book by -The novel's title, Something Rising Light and Swift , comes from a photocopiedbook excerpt that Cassie finds in Laura's journal. Something Rising Light and Swift : A Novel: Haven - Amazon. Unlock lots of shopping options. We find a girl who, in between picking fights and carefully taking care of the abandoned hack she and the local kids play in, waits for her father to return home. I hope that the similarity ends here because in Langston she has created one of the most self-absorbed and annoying characters in recent memory. Our Land, Our Literature, April 21, 2005 , biography of Kimmel.
I was very excited about this! Langston has returned home to Haddington, Indiana after walking away from her Ph. The main character is a pool-playing tomboy who is nearly fearless. A story of struggle and redemption. I like the way this author develops characters. I did not know if there would be a common theme, or if the setting, small town Indiana, would be the common trait, or if the characters would be. She has to be strong and supports her family.
Also Haven Kimmel is hilarious. Also Haven Kimmel is hilarious. I have a total girl-crush on anyone who talk about the eschatology of john ashcroft one minute, and the next minute tell a hilarious anecdote about being on the morning show and trying to make katie couric look smart. We follow Cassie from a complex little girl to a rebellious and impetuous young woman as she tries to create a world for her mother and sister. If I didn't know it for sure, I'd say it was impossible -- impossible! They're like some bizarre puzzle, and the characters' feelings for each other are often mysterious. The neat and tidy winding up of the plot seems to say that she's on her way to becoming a real, feeling, giving person, but it doesn't ring true with me. Adaptations The Solace of Leaving Early was optioned for a film, to be directed by.