ISBN10: 0803254830 ISBN13: 9780803254831 Publisher: Bison Books Published: Sep 1 2014 Pages: 197 Weight: 0.60lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
In writing both rich and evocative, Pamela Carter Joern conjures the small plains town of Reach, Nebraska, where residents are stuck tight in the tension between loneliness and the risks of relationships. With insight, wry humor, and deep compassion, Joern renders a cast of recurring characters engaged in battles public and private, epic and mundane: a husband and wife find themselves the center of a local scandal; a widow yearns for companionship, but on her own terms; a father and son struggle with their broken relationship; a man longs for escape from a community's limited view of love; a boy's misguided attempt to protect his brother results in a senseless tragedy. In the town of Reach, where there is hope and hardship, connections may happen in surprising ways or lie achingly beyond grasp. Pamela Carter Joern's debut novel, The Floor of the Sky (Nebraska, 2006), was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and winner of the Alex Award and the Nebraska Book Award. Her most recent book is The Plain Sense of Things (Nebraska, 2008). Visit her website pamelacarterjoern.com.