|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Feb 2010|
|Number of Pages:||418|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.7|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.25 x 7.75 x 1.0|
Kristin Hannah was born in Southern California in September 1960. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in an advertising agency and practiced law in Seattle. Hannah and her mom began writing a novel together when her mother was suffering from cancer. When her mother died, she put the draft away and continued to practice law. While pregnant with her son, and on bed rest, she took out the draft that she and her mother had written and began to write in earnest.
Her draft was done by the time she gave birth. In 1990, she became a published writer and has been writing ever since. She has won numerous awards including the Golden Heart, the Maggie and 1996 National Reader's Choice award. In 2004 she won the Rita Award for Best Novel: Between Sisters. Her title Winter Garden made the New York Times Best Seller List for 2011. In 2012 Kristin Hannah made The New York Times Best Seller List with her titles Night Road, Home Again and Home Front. Also, in 2013 her title Fly Away made The New York Times Best Seller List.
In her latest novel, Hannah (On Mystic Lake) tells the story of a woman so consumed by her inability to have a child that her relationships with her family, her friends, and especially her husband are damaged. After divorcing, Angie Malone returns home to care for her aging mother and try to salvage the family's floundering restaurant business. She offers the teenaged Lauren Ribido a job as a waitress. Cautious about becoming too emotionally involved with the young woman, Angie watches Lauren cope with school, a distant and perpetually drunk mother, and a romantic relationship with a wealthy high school boyfriend.
When an unexpected (but predictable) pregnancy forces Lauren to give up her dreams, Angie must come to grips with how much help she can offer the young woman. Hannah strikes a serious and quite somber chord, bringing a thoughtful, insightful touch to Angie's attempts to restart her marriage, bond with her siblings, and assist Lauren. The romantic aspect of the novel takes a distant second place to the relationship between the two women and the complicated issues of grief, childbearing, and acceptance. A worthwhile addition to any public library fiction collection.
- Margaret Hanes, Sterling Heights P.L., MI
(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Struggling to accept her inability to have a child and her resultant divorce, Angie Malone, 38, returns to her hometown of West End and her embracing Italian family. DeSaria's, the family restaurant, has been failing of late and needs Angie's organized, business-like touch. The family star and Papa's favorite, she had been a successful advertising executive in Seattle. As she begins to revamp the restaurant, she meets Lauren Ribido, a 17-year-old struggling to improve her life and earn a college scholarship, despite being pregnant and abandoned by her uncaring, alcoholic mother.
Hannah (Between Sisters) captures the anguish of teen pregnancy and the bittersweet quality of Angie and Lauren's friendship, along with the joy and exuberance of the DeSarias. Susan Ericksen's sensitive reading enhances the audio experience. For women interested in family and traditional values; a predictable tearjerker, this book nonetheless works. Recommended for large public libraries.
-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Years of trying unsuccessfully to conceive a child have broken more than Angie DeSaria’s heart. Following a painful divorce, she moves back to her small Pacific Northwest hometown and takes over management of her family’s restaurant. In West End, where life rises and falls like the tides, Angie’s fortunes will drastically change yet again when she meets and befriends a troubled young woman.
Angie hires Lauren Ribido because she sees something special in the seventeen-year-old. They quickly form a deep bond, and when Lauren is abandoned by her mother, Angie offers the girl a place to stay. But nothing could have prepared Angie for the far-reaching repercussions of this act of kindness. Together, these two women—one who longs for a child and the other who longs for a mother’s love—will be tested in ways that neither could have imagined.
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