Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Where the Forest Meets the Stars
Author: Glendy Vanderah
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 332
Release: 2019-03
ISBN 10: 9781503904910
ISBN 13: 1503904911
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Where the Forest Meets the Stars Book Review:

In this gorgeously stunning debut, a mysterious child teaches two strangers how to love and trust again. After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises. The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child's home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay--just until she learns more about Ursa's past. Jo enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash, to solve the mystery of the charming child. But the more time they spend together, the more questions they have. How does a young girl not only read but understand Shakespeare? Why do good things keep happening in her presence? And why aren't Jo and Gabe checking the missing children's website anymore? Though the three have formed an incredible bond, they know difficult choices must be made. As the summer nears an end and Ursa gets closer to her fifth miracle, her dangerous past closes in. When it finally catches up to them, all of their painful secrets will be forced into the open, and their fates will be left to the stars.

Where the Forest Meets the Sea

Where the Forest Meets the Sea
Author: Jeannie Baker
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 32
Release: 1988-05-16
ISBN 10: 0688063632
ISBN 13: 9780688063634
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Where the Forest Meets the Sea Book Review:

My father says there has been a forest here for over a hundred million years," Jeannie Baker's young protagonist tells us, and we follow him on a visit to this tropical rain forest in North Queensland, Australia. We walk with him among the ancient trees as he pretends it is a time long ago, when extinct and rare animals lived in the forest and aboriginal children played there. But for how much longer will the forest still be there, he wonders? Jeannie Baker's lifelike collage illustrations take the reader on an extraordinary visual journey to an exotic, primeval wilderness, which like so many others is now being threatened by civilization.

Written in the Stars

Written in the Stars
Author: Aisha Saeed
Publsiher: Speak
Total Pages: 293
Release: 2016-05
ISBN 10: 0147513936
ISBN 13: 9780147513939
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Written in the Stars Book Review:

"Naila's vacation to visit relatives in Pakistan turns into a nightmare when she discovers her parents want to force her to marry a man she's never met"--

The Forest of Stars

The Forest of Stars
Author: Heather Kassner
Publsiher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2020-08-04
ISBN 10: 125029701X
ISBN 13: 9781250297013
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Forest of Stars Book Review:

In this mysterious and mesmerizing fantasy novel, perfect for fans of Splendor and Glooms and Circus Mirandus, a windswept girl who can float among the stars searches for her long-lost father at a shadow-filled carnival. "Kassner’s writing dazzles . . . a tale of hope, courage, and friendship." —Newbery Honor winner Ingrid Law Left all alone after her mother passes away, twelve-year-old Louisa LaRoche watches the sky for her father. Long ago, a powerful gust of wind swept through town, stealing him away on the wings of his untamed magic—the same magic that stirs within Louisa. As if she is made of hollow bones and too much air, her feet never quite touch the ground. But for all her sky gazing, Louisa finds her fortune on the leaf-strewn street when she spots a gleaming black-and-gold invitation—a ticket to the Carnival Beneath the Stars. If her father fits in nowhere else, maybe she’ll find him there, dazzling crowds alongside the other strange and wonderful feats. Only, soon after she arrives, a tightrope act ends disastrously—and suspiciously. As fate tugs Louisa closer to the stars, she must decide if she’s willing to slip into the injured performer’s role, despite the darkness plucking at the carnival’s magical threads. In The Forest of Stars, Heather Kassner weaves a spectacle of wondrous magic, unexpected friendship, and dark secrets. Featuring illustrations by Iz Ptica. * "Irresistible." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Like the carnival at its heart, this story is richly magical and delightfully eerie." —Cassie Beasley, New York Times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus

The Light Through the Leaves

The Light Through the Leaves
Author: Ronald Lopez
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 39
Release: 2021-03-28
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9798729690947
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Light Through the Leaves Book Review:

One unbearable mistake at the edge of the forest.In a moment of crisis, Ellis Abbey leaves her daughter, Viola, unattended--for just a few minutes. But when she returns, Viola is gone. A breaking point in an already fractured marriage, Viola's abduction causes Ellis to disappear as well--into grief, guilt, and addiction. Convinced she can only do more harm to her family, Ellis leaves her husband and young sons, burying her desperate ache for her children deeper with every step into the mountain wildernesses she treks alone.In a remote area of Washington, a young girl named Raven keeps secrets inside, too. She must never speak to outsiders about how her mother makes miracles spring from the earth, or about her father, whose mysterious presence sometimes frightens her. Raven spends her days learning how to use her rare gifts--and more important, how to hide them. With each lesson comes a warning of what dangers lie in the world beyond her isolated haven. But despite her mother's cautions, Raven finds herself longing for something more.As Ellis and Raven each confront their powerful longings, their journeys will converge in unexpected and hopeful ways, pulled together by the forces of nature, love, and family.

Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Where the Forest Meets the Stars
Author: Elmehdi Bouyi
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 172
Release: 2021-04-04
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9798733128979
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Where the Forest Meets the Stars Book Review:

'' Where the Forest Meets the Stars '' is a book worth reading as it tells about a touching and sad story about lost and existing hearts.When Lisa and Philip meet, the couple forms a deep and immediate relationship. Soon and they have plans to get married. But since they have to get close, Philip feels Lisa creeps away.Second, guessing about their love is something Philip never imagined, but with Lisa's excessive absence, he finds himself craving more. However, Lisa finds herself in a difficult confrontation with her mother, siblings and bad relationships with them, and soon finds herself torn between the love she thought she wanted and the love she knew she needed. After Lisa is forced to reconsider the choices she's made and haven't yet made, Lisa embarks on an emotional journey of friendship, love and sacrifice - realizing that forgiveness is a gift, and that the best plans can change in no time.It's a sad and painful story of healing that raises the question: What takes more courage - hold on or give in ?

A House in the Sky

A House in the Sky
Author: Amanda Lindhout,Sara Corbett
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-09-03
ISBN 10: 1451651724
ISBN 13: 9781451651720
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A House in the Sky Book Review:

BREAKING NEWS: Amanda Lindhout’s lead kidnapper, Ali Omar Ader, has been caught. Amanda Lindhout wrote about her fifteen month abduction in Somalia in A House in the Sky. It is the New York Times bestselling memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most remote places and then into captivity: “Exquisitely told…A young woman’s harrowing coming-of-age story and an extraordinary narrative of forgiveness and spiritual triumph” (The New York Times Book Review). As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself visiting its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark. Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is “a searingly unsentimental account. Ultimately it is compassion—for her naïve younger self, for her kidnappers—that becomes the key to Lindhout’s survival” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

The Book of Hidden Things

The Book of Hidden Things
Author: Francesco Dimitri
Publsiher: Titan Books (US, CA)
Total Pages: 484
Release: 2018-07-03
ISBN 10: 1785657089
ISBN 13: 9781785657085
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book of Hidden Things Book Review:

From "one of the most significant figures of the last generation of fantasy", comes Francesco Dimitri's debut novel in English, an enthralling and seductive fantasy following four old friends and the secrets they keep. Four old school friends have a pact: to meet up every year in the small town in Puglia they grew up in. Art, the charismatic leader of the group and creator of the pact, insists that the agreement must remain unshakable and enduring. But this year, he never shows up. A visit to his house increases the friends' worry; Art is farming marijuana. In Southern Italy doing that kind of thing can be very dangerous. They can't go to the Carabinieri so must make enquiries of their own. This is how they come across the rumours about Art; bizarre and unbelievable rumours that he miraculously cured the local mafia boss's daughter of terminal leukaemia. And among the chaos of his house, they find a document written by Art, The Book of Hidden Things, that promises to reveal dark secrets and wonders beyond anything previously known. Francesco Dimitri's first novel written in English, following his career as one of the most significant fantasy writers in Italy, will entrance fans of Elena Ferrante, Neil Gaiman and Donna Tartt. Set in the beguiling and seductive landscape of Southern Italy, this story is about friendship and landscape, love and betrayal; above all it is about the nature of mystery itself.

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky
Author: Christopher Meades
Publsiher: Harlequin
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2017-09-26
ISBN 10: 1460300351
ISBN 13: 9781460300350
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky Book Review:

A magical, provocative tale of forbidden love and one girl’s struggle for liberation Hanna has never been outside her secluded community of Clearhaven. She has never questioned why her father has four wives or why she has fourteen brothers and sisters. And in only one week, on her eighteenth birthday, Hanna will follow tradition and become the fifth wife of a man more than twice her age. But just days before the wedding, Hanna meets an enigmatic stranger who challenges her to question her fate and to follow her own will. And when her mother reveals a secret—one that could grant her the freedom she’s known only in her dreams—Hanna is forced to decide whether she was really meant for something greater than the claustrophobic world of Clearhaven. But can she abandon her beloved younger sister and the only home she’s ever known? Or is there another option—one too fantastical to believe? With lush, evocative prose, award-winning author Christopher Meades takes readers on an emotional journey into a fascinating, unknown world—and, along the way, brilliantly illuminates complexities of faith, identity and how our origins shape who we are.

Into the Forest

Into the Forest
Author: Jean Hegland
Publsiher: Dial Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2009-12-23
ISBN 10: 0307573567
ISBN 13: 9780307573568
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Into the Forest Book Review:

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home. Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society's fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other. Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, Into the Forest is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking novel of hope and despair set in a frighteningly plausible near-future America. Praise for Into the Forest “[A] beautifully written and often profoundly moving novel.”—San Francisco Chronicle “A work of extraordinary power, insight and lyricism, Into the Forest is both an urgent warning and a passionate celebration of life and love.”—Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade “From the first page, the sense of crisis and the lucid, honest voice of the . . . narrator pull the reader in. . . . A truly admirable addition to a genre defined by the very high standards of George Orwell's 1984.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Beautifully written.”—Kirkus Reviews “This beautifully written story captures the essential nature of the sister bond: the fierce struggle to be true to one’s own self, only to learn that true strength comes from what they are able to share together.”—Carol Saline, co-author of Sisters “Jean Hegland’s sense of character is firm, warm, and wise. . . . [A] fine first novel.”—John Keeble, author of Yellowfish

The Memory Collectors

The Memory Collectors
Author: Kim Neville
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2021-03-16
ISBN 10: 1982157593
ISBN 13: 9781982157593
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Memory Collectors Book Review:

Perfect for fans of The Scent Keeper and The Keeper of Lost Things, an atmospheric and enchanting debut novel about two women haunted by buried secrets but bound by a shared gift and the power the past holds over our lives. Ev has a mysterious ability, one that she feels is more a curse than a gift. She can feel the emotions people leave behind on objects and believes that most of them need to be handled extremely carefully, and—if at all possible—destroyed. The harmless ones she sells at Vancouver’s Chinatown Night Market to scrape together a living, but even that fills her with trepidation. Meanwhile, in another part of town, Harriet hoards thousands of these treasures and is starting to make her neighbors sick as the overabundance of heightened emotions start seeping through her apartment walls. When the two women meet, Harriet knows that Ev is the only person who can help her make something truly spectacular of her collection. A museum of memory that not only feels warm and inviting but can heal the emotional wounds many people unknowingly carry around. They only know of one other person like them, and they fear the dark effects these objects had on him. Together, they help each other to develop and control their gift, so that what happened to him never happens again. But unbeknownst to them, the same darkness is wrapping itself around another, dragging them down a path that already destroyed Ev’s family once, and threatens to annihilate what little she has left. The Memory Collectors casts the everyday in a new light, speaking volumes to the hold that our past has over us—contained, at times, in seemingly innocuous objects—and uncovering a truth that both women have tried hard to bury with their pasts: not all magpies collect shiny things—sometimes they gather darkness.

The Subway Girls

The Subway Girls
Author: Susie Orman Schnall
Publsiher: St. Martin's Griffin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-07-10
ISBN 10: 1250169771
ISBN 13: 9781250169778
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Subway Girls Book Review:

From the author of The Balance Project comes a dual-timeline narrative featuring a 1949 Miss Subways contestant and a modern-day advertising executive whose careers and lives intersect. "Schnall has written a book that is smart and timely...Feels perfect for fans of Beatriz Williams and Liza Klaussmann." —Taylor Jenkins Reid, acclaimed author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo "A fast-paced, clever novel filled with romantic possibilities, high-stakes decisions, and harsh realities. Perfect for fans of Fiona Davis’s The Dollhouse, this engrossing tale highlights the role that ambition, sexism, and true love will forever play in women’s lives." —Amy Poeppel, author of Small Admissions In 1949, dutiful and ambitious Charlotte's dream of a career in advertising is shattered when her father demands she help out with the family business. Meanwhile, Charlotte is swept into the glamorous world of the Miss Subways beauty contest, which promises irresistible opportunities with its Park Avenue luster and local fame status. But when her new friend—the intriguing and gorgeous fellow-participant Rose—does something unforgivable, Charlotte must make a heart-wrenching decision that will change the lives of those around her forever. Nearly 70 years later, outspoken advertising executive Olivia is pitching the NYC subways account in a last ditch effort to save her job at an advertising agency. When the charismatic boss she’s secretly in love with pits her against her misogynistic nemesis, Olivia’s urgent search for the winning strategy leads her to the historic Miss Subways campaign. As the pitch date closes in on her, Olivia finds herself dealing with a broken heart, an unlikely new love interest, and an unexpected personal connection to Miss Subways that could save her job—and her future. The Subway Girls is the charming story of two strong women, a generation apart, who find themselves up against the same eternal struggle to find an impossible balance between love, happiness, and ambition.

Raft of Stars

Raft of Stars
Author: Andrew J. Graff
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2021-03-23
ISBN 10: 0063031922
ISBN 13: 9780063031920
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Raft of Stars Book Review:

“A rousing adventure yarn full of danger and heart and humor.” —Richard Russo An instant classic for fans of Jane Smiley and Kitchens of the Great Midwest: when two hardscrabble young boys think they’ve committed a crime, they flee into the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Will the adults trying to find and protect them reach them before it’s too late? It’s the summer of 1994 in Claypot, Wisconsin, and the lives of ten-year-old Fischer “Fish” Branson and Dale “Bread” Breadwin are shaped by the two fathers they don’t talk about. One night, tired of seeing his best friend bruised and terrorized by his no-good dad, Fish takes action. A gunshot rings out and the two boys flee the scene, believing themselves murderers. They head for the woods, where they find their way onto a raft, but the natural terrors of Ironsforge gorge threaten to overwhelm them. Four adults track them into the forest, each one on a journey of his or her own. Fish’s mother Miranda, a wise woman full of fierce faith; his granddad, Teddy, who knows the woods like the back of his hand; Tiffany, a purple-haired gas station attendant and poet looking for connection; and Sheriff Cal, who’s having doubts about a life in law enforcement. The adults track the boys toward the novel’s heart-pounding climax on the edge of the gorge and a conclusion that beautifully makes manifest the grace these characters find in the wilderness and one another. This timeless story of loss, hope, and adventure runs like the river itself amid the vividly rendered landscape of the Upper Midwest.

The Shores of Our Souls

The Shores of Our Souls
Author: Kathryn Brown Ramsperger
Publsiher: TouchPoint Press via PublishDrive
Total Pages: 306
Release: 2017-11-16
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: PKEY:6610000039111
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Shores of Our Souls Book Review:

Qasim, an Arab Muslim U.N. official fleeing family obligations in 1980s war-torn Lebanon meets Dianna, escaping her rural Southern roots to become a researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Will their love be enough in this war-torn, conflict-weary world? Ramsperger's debut novel gives an entirely new perspective on the controversial conflicts in our hearts and in our history.

The Secrets She Keeps

The Secrets She Keeps
Author: Michael Robotham
Publsiher: Pocket Books
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2020-04-28
ISBN 10: 1982149000
ISBN 13: 9781982149000
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secrets She Keeps Book Review:

“Two terrific female characters, both with secrets. Add Michael Robotham’s clean prose and whipcrack pacing. The result? A book you won’t be able to put down, although you may occasionally want to hide your eyes.” —Stephen King “A premium delivery.” —People Meghan doesn’t know Agatha, but Agatha knows Meghan. And the one thing Agatha looks forward to each day is catching a glimpse of her, the effortlessly chic customer at the grocery store where she works stocking shelves. Meghan has it all: two adorable children, a handsome and successful husband, a happy marriage, a beautiful house, and a popular parenting blog that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of the baby growing inside her, to return her calls. Yet if Agatha could look beyond the gloss and trappings of Meghan’s “perfect life,” she’d see the flaws and doubts. Meghan has her secrets too, especially one that she dare not ever tell. Soon the lives of these two women will collide in the most spellbinding and intimate of ways, until their secrets are exposed by one shocking act that cannot be undone. From internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham, The Secrets She Keeps is a dark, exquisite, and twisted page-turner so full of surprises, you’ll find it impossible to put down.

In an Instant

In an Instant
Author: Suzanne Redfearn
Publsiher: Platinum Spotlight Series
Total Pages: 500
Release: 2021-02
ISBN 10: 9781643587967
ISBN 13: 164358796X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In an Instant Book Review:

Life is over in an instant for sixteen-year-old Finn Miller when a devastating car accident tumbles her and ten others over the side of a mountain. Suspended between worlds, she watches helplessly as those she loves struggle to survive.

Walks Through Life

Walks Through Life
Author: Santhosh K. Komaraju
Publsiher: Notion Press
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2019-10-30
ISBN 10: 1646780094
ISBN 13: 9781646780099
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Walks Through Life Book Review:

National Indie Excellence Award in the Short Story category. Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention Award in the Short story/Novella category Find that majestic mango, your problem will be solved--a mystic ordered an individual who asked for help. My ax is my guru--declared a woodcutter. Instead of preparing a plan to kill it, why can't we offer help? --a villager questioned in the middle of the assembly. I could not be relieved even after undertaking efforts to end my life--a scholar declared in public. Can you be my mother?--a boy requested of a pretentious lady. I wish I had more life to undo my past--a mischief-maker contemplated in his letter. I would never relinquish them, even if I had to sacrifice my life--a young prince swore putting his life on the shore. I was chained by limitations, yet I prevailed--a butcher made a victorious cry. You climbed up the ladder. I did not. Who reached the top?--a brother questioned his sibling who cried for help. Walks Through Life is a collection of stories in which each story reverberates the same principle of truth in its own unique ways. These are stories serving as plain reminders of the supreme learning that was handed over to us a long time ago.

Little Apocalypse

Little Apocalypse
Author: Katherine Sparrow
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2019-03-12
ISBN 10: 9780062849762
ISBN 13: 006284976X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Little Apocalypse Book Review:

Monsters aren’t real. Everyone knows that. Full of creepy-cool atmosphere and monstrous magic, this gripping middle grade debut will sink its claws into fans of supernatural adventures like Holly Black’s Doll Bones and Ellen Oh’s Spirit Hunters. When a sudden earthquake strands Celia’s parents out of town, she finds herself on her own in a shaken city. She tries to reach out to other kids around her apartment building. Some of them, like the sad boy named Demetri, seem wary of letting her too close. The others call themselves Hunters. They claim the earthquake was caused by monsters only kids can see. And they think Celia is destined to save the city. Celia doesn’t feel destined to save anything—but for the first time, she feels like maybe she’s seeing things as they really are….

Say You Still Love Me

Say You Still Love Me
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publsiher: Atria Books
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2019-08-06
ISBN 10: 1501133446
ISBN 13: 9781501133442
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Say You Still Love Me Book Review:

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER The bestselling author of The Simple Wild and Keep Her Safe and “master of steamy romance” (Kirkus Reviews) delivers a sizzling novel about an ambitious and high-powered executive who reconnects with her first love: the boy who broke her heart. Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway. On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day. Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group, and coincidentally the first love of her life. The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counselors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name. Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is still alive and strong, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.

The Holly

The Holly
Author: Julian Rubinstein
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2021-05-11
ISBN 10: 0374713472
ISBN 13: 9780374713478
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Holly Book Review:

An award-winning journalist’s dramatic account of a shooting that shook a community to its core, with important implications for the future On the last evening of summer in 2013, five shots rang out in a part of northeast Denver known as the Holly. Long a destination for African American families fleeing the Jim Crow South, the area had become an “invisible city” within a historically white metropolis. While shootings there weren’t uncommon, the identity of the shooter that night came as a shock. Terrance Roberts was a revered anti-gang activist. His attempts to bring peace to his community had won the accolades of both his neighbors and the state’s most important power brokers. Why had he just fired a gun? In The Holly, the award-winning Denver-based journalist Julian Rubinstein reconstructs the events that left a local gang member paralyzed and Roberts facing the possibility of life in prison. Much more than a crime story, The Holly is a multigenerational saga of race and politics that runs from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. With a cast that includes billionaires, elected officials, cops, developers, and street kids, the book explores the porous boundaries between a city’s elites and its most disadvantaged citizens. It also probes the fraught relationships between police, confidential informants, activists, gang members, and ex–gang members as they struggle to put their pasts behind them. In The Holly, we see how well-intentioned efforts to curb violence and improve neighborhoods can go badly awry, and we track the interactions of law enforcement with gang members who conceive of themselves as defenders of a neighborhood. When Roberts goes on trial, the city’s fault lines are fully exposed. In a time of national reckoning over race, policing, and the uses and abuses of power, Rubinstein offers a dramatic and humane illumination of what’s at stake.