Something Rising (Light and Swift)

Haven Kimmel

ISBN 10: 0007174136 / ISBN 13: 9780007174133
Verlag: Harper Perennial, 2005
Gebraucht Zustand: Near Fine. Softcover
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Titel: Something Rising (Light and Swift)

Verlag: Harper Perennial

Erscheinungsdatum: 2005

Einband: Paperback

Zustand:Near Fine.

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SSOMETHING RISING (LIGHT AND SWIFT), Haven Kimmel's second novel, is the heart-wrenching story of a female pool hustler who takes care of her family after her rakish father abandons them. Cassie waits for her gambling father to return home, her mother to move away from her position at the kitchen sink, for her fragile older sister to blossom out of her oddness, and for her own chance at a different life. Effortlessly living up to her BOOK MAGAZINE moniker, "the New Carson McCullers," Kimmel deftly handles this coming of age story and proves herself a master of genre.

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Young Cassie Claiborne, the heroine of Haven Kimmel's egregiously ill-named novel Something Rising (Light and Swift), is a pool hustler. She learns to shoot pool for money when her unreliable father abandons her, along with her shut-in mother and her neurotic sister. Her growing-up is a dark thing: She has funny friends and pot-smoking good times out on country roads, but she's always carrying the financial and emotional burden left behind by her father. A good daughter, she lives with her mother in her small Indiana hometown till she's 30. Finally, after her mother's death, she decides to visit New Orleans to learn about her family's past. Up to this point, the novel is a sensitively written coming-of-age story, a little on the slow side. The book really takes off when Cassie hits the Big Easy. A taciturn, almost compulsively private person, she finds herself encountering enchanting strangers at every turn. A new friend named Miss Sophie grills Cassie about her line of work, and she replies, "I play pool for money. I just announce myself, I say I've come to a place to play their best, and for money, and that person is called. Or I wait for him." Miss Sophie replies "My interest in this is so sudden it feels lewd." The exchange gives an idea of the malleability and strength of Kimmel's style. You believe in both the gruff Cassie and the effusive Miss Sophie, and you believe they could charm each other. Such off-kilter connections are, in a sense, the point of the novel; it's a book about the serendipity of finding someone to like. --Claire Dederer

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