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Echoes of Family by Barbara Claypole White
"Claypole White’s gift is her ability to put us into the troubled minds of her characters in a way that helps us not only understand them but fall in love with them as well. We discover that while their minds may be different from ours, their hearts are the same."
—Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of Pretending to Dance
"White (The In-Between Hour, 2014) writes with zest, and her sensitive treatment of bipolar disorder will keep readers engaged."
"Echoes of Family is a riveting read from cover to cover and clearly showcases author Barbara Claypole White as a true master of the storytelling arts. Highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections."
—The Midwest Book Review
Marianne Stokes fled England at seventeen, spiraling into the manic depression that would become her shadow. She left behind secrets, memories, and tragedy: one teen dead, and her first love, Gabriel, badly injured. Three decades later she’s finally found peace in the North Carolina recording studio she runs with her husband, Darius, and her almost-daughter, Jade…until another fatality propels her back across the ocean to confront the long-buried past.
In her picturesque childhood village, the first person she meets is the last person she wants to see again: Gabriel. Now the village vicar, he takes her in without question, and ripples of what if reverberate through both their hearts. As Marianne’s mind unravels, Jade and Darius track her down. Tempers clash when everyone tries to help, but only by finding the courage to face her illness can Marianne heal herself and her offbeat family.
A Brit living in North Carolina, Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Her debut novel, The Unfinishesd Garden, won the 2013 Golden Quill Contest for Best First Book, and The In-Between Hour was chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as a Winter 2014 Okra Pick. Her third novel, The Perfect Son, was a semifinalist in the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fiction, and Echoes of Family launched in October 2016. For more information, or to connect with Barbara, visit www.barbaraclaypolewhite.com.
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Familiar History by Guiseppe Getto
"In Guiseppe Getto’s poems, language is visceral. You hear it singing in your ears, feel it in your mouth. He seems to be a master of both the lyric and the prose poem, a rare gift. His sense of place is acute, almost painful. You’re pinned to the map: 'After awhile you begin / to realize light in the desert can penetrate / anything.' This is poetry of frightening but fearless revelation: 'Someone said they never saw a wild thing / sorry for itself. Me neither, but it seemed sometimes / like they ought to be.' I haven’t read anything like these poems in a long time, and I’ve missed them."
—Liza Wieland, author of Quickening
"Guiseppe Getto expertly de-romanticizes the landscape and mythology of the American west, revealing a world defined largely by struggle and failure and broken lives. He leads us into a harrowing, deeply ambivalent personal history, and suggests that our collective and personal pasts are inescapable, continually merging into the present through the physicality of memory: 'From fields gone fallow / for years,' he writes, 'I trudge uphill, sinking clear / to my socks in alkaline dirt.' These are beautiful, honest, and heartbreaking poems."
—Corrinne Clegg Hales, author of To Make it Right
"Guiseppe Getto’s poems are both dense and expansive, reflective of the Western American landscape of his birth and youth. With an earned maturity and sophisticated awareness of craft ('the tight whine of sung syllables'), Getto has written his '“way out of dust devils / that spin apart at the seams,' and he takes his reader on a journey 'headed west to east,' a journey that 'feels like going up the downslope.' But with Getto at the wheel, we know we’re going somewhere that matters. These are poems to read over and over, because each reading promises that the story will mean 'something different / every telling.' Hold onto this book. Hold tight."
—Gailmarie Pahmeier, Reno Poet Laureate and author of The Rural Lives of Nice Girls
In the words of the always-incisive Corrinne Cleggs Hales, Familiar History “expertly de-romanticizes the landscape and mythology of the American west, revealing a world defined largely by struggle and failure and broken lives.” Familiar History is equal parts a lyrical reflection on the relationship between humanity and the natural environment and a deeply personal revelation of the secrets of a family of malcontents. These poems about the American West tell a very different story from much of the pastoral literature on the region that has come before them. The narrator’s story is the story of rural, impoverished America: a bitter tonic of regret, euphoria, and the search for salvation.
Guiseppe Getto is a Zen Buddhist, a poet, and an Assistant Professor of English at East Carolina University. His work can be found in journals such as Sugarhouse Review, Reed, Eclectica, Pif Magazine, The 2River View, Redactions, The Santa Clara Review, Gloom Cupboard, and The Adirondack Review, among others. He also has published a chapbook, Familiar History, with Finishing Line Press. He is still trying to figure out where his own voice fits within the increasingly divergent conversation that is contemporary American poetry. Visit him online: http://guiseppegetto.com/poetry.