This dazzling debut from C.E. Morgan takes listeners to 1984 Kentucky for a story of a young couple confronting tragedy and chasing dreams.Aloma moves to her boyfriend Orren's farm when his family dies in a car accident. And as a bereaved Orren withdraws, Aloma's chances of becoming a concert pianist diminish.More
"Rarely in this reviewer's memory has a debut novel emerged with such a profound sense of place.... Descriptions are so vivid, yet so integrated and organic, that the reader can almost feel the lassitude of stifling humid air; smell the rich, warm earth; and see the furrowed fields, the dark mountains in the distance.... A slow, seductive dive into another time and place, a deep, quiet place." (Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe)
"[A] lyrical tale of grief and grueling love." (The New Yorker)
"Those who read for character and landscape will feast on C. E. Morgan’s uncommon debut.... Fans of Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead will appreciate Morgan’s sureness with scripture and her skill with characters for whom scripture matters." (Karen Long, The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
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Two people bonded by their alone-ness
This was a good listen and a moving story.
There were times I wanted to slap Orren and shake Aloma, and I'm not convinced that they wouldn't be better off just moving on, into the unknown, but life isn't perfect and we often make choices according to what's put in front of us and then hope and try for the best. And sometimes we find out later that it really was the best choice, though we don't know it at the time. I hope that is how it will be for them.
- Barbara "Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star."