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Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5May 30, 2009Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female
Shame is the kind of book I like to sink my teeth into. I love novels with genuine thoughts and real characters. People who are flawed and aren't model citizens. People like me who don't always make the best decisions or choices, but they want to live their life in a way that is pleasing to God. Yet they still struggle. Shame is one of those books. Numerous times I found myself smiling as the author had his character thinking honest thoughts. I wanted to cheer for the author. Why? Because so many books portray people as "near-perfect" and who always choose the right thing. The marital issues in Shame are typical of many couples. The family problems are also not unusual. The insight the author had into both topics was incredible. He portrayed everything in such a believable manner. Also, the small town setting and the farm drew me in. I felt like I was involved in the same activities of the main character and his friends. The setting was very well done and it was easy for me to forget the present and delve between the pages of Shame. And like a good book is supposed to do, Shame brings the reader full circle when it comes to emotion. There are no unresolved issues, and yet everything doesn't always end up perfectly fixed. Just realistically wrapped up. I had a warm glow after finishing this story. It left me feeling inspired and I would highly recommend this story to anyone who loves to experience angst and drama in a book but only when it's done with realistic characters and emotions. Everything felt very natural and nothing was forced. Bravo!
Located in: Austin, TX
Submitted: April 09, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a writer, teacher, and preacher with two boys, one 11, one 23.
What was your motivation behind this project? I had been trying to tell this story for years, and finally managed it. It's set in the small town my mother's family is from, and in a place I've known since I was a kid, although it's very different from my life today.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I want them to be drawn into the story and to love these characters.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I loved writing a story full of genuinely good people. Even Philip, who is an ex-con, is a compassionate and generous person. It was nice to write about characters who might mess up their own lives, but who weren't evil or venal.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? For fiction, my influences are Flannery O'Connor, Walker Percy, Richard Ford, Bret Lott, Lee Smith, as well as the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This is my first published novel since Cycling in 2003; my first novel, Free Bird, came out in 2002, and was selected for several best first novel lists. I've been going to seminary and writing books of nonfiction in the past six years, but look forward to writing more fiction.