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Cassie Claiborne is a street-smart Nine-Ball prodigy, a temperamental tomboy, too knowing to accept her surroundings and too circumscribed by them to find release. I was less than thirty pages into Something Rising and already I sensed I'd be missing her by the novel's end. It was something in the voice, Kimmel's confidence, the comfort of her prose. She uses commas like clothespins, as if pinning long woven clauses to the lines. The wind flows through her sentences. The voice of Something Rising seems so natural, in fact, that it was something of a surprise to encounter the broad range of Kimmel's other work. A Girl Named Zippy is that rarest of accomplishments: a captivating — and happy — childhood memoir; a priceless portrait of small town America, wise beyond its narrator's years. The Solace of Leaving Early, meanwhile, plumbs philosophy and theology to explore timeless notions of faith, grief, and responsibility. They're each worth reading, but I started with Something Rising, and it proved an excellent place to begin.
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In her first two books, Haven Kimmel claimed her spot on the literary scene- surprising readers with her memoir, A Girl Named Zippy, and winning an outpouring of critical acclaim for her first novel, The Solace of Leaving Early. Now, in her second novel, she brings to the page a heroine's tireless quest for truth, love, justice, and the perfect game of 9-ball.

Cassie Claiborne's world is riddled with problems beyond her control: her hard- living, pool-shooting father has another wife; her stoic, long-suffering mother is incapable of moving herself mentally away from the kitchen window; her sister Belle is a tempest of fragility and brilliance; her closest friends, Puck and Emmy, are adolescent harbingers of their own doomed futures. Frustrated by her inability to care deeply enough for so many troubled souls, Cassie finds in the local pool hall an oasis of green felt where she can master objects and restrain her emotions.

As Cassie grows from a quietly complex girl into a headstrong youngwoman, she takes on the thankless role of family provider by working odd jobs and hustling pool. All the while, she keeps her eye on the ultimate prize: wringing suitable justice out of past wrongs and freeing herself from the inertia that is her life.

In this ultimately uplifting story, Haven Kimmel reaches deep into the hamstrung souls of her fictional corner of Indiana. Remarkable for its tough tenderness, Something Rising (Light and Swift) is an astonishing work of pure heartbreak.

Review:

"With a tougher core than her previous books, and an ending that's redemptive without being cliched, Kimmel's latest is another winner." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A connection to the characters in her first novel will make readers of Solace smile, and those new to Kimmel will find her thoughtful prose evocative and fresh. A beautiful coming-of-age story." Kristine Huntley, Booklist

Review:

"Gorgeously written and brilliantly conceived, Something Rising (Light and Swift) is touching and funny and warm and spirited." Augusten Burroughs

Review:

"It's hard not to wish for an immediate follow-up novel about Cassie. As she's proven with her memoir, A Girl Named Zippy, and her first novel, The Solace of Leaving Early, Haven Kimmel is a writer who's work is worthy of any reader's time." Southern Scribe

Review:

"This is one author who will not waste your time. She can sum up a minor character — hell, she can sum up ancestry — in a single sentence....If this book were a pool game, Kimmel would run the table all night long." Malcolm Jones, Newsweek

Review:

"Haven Kimmel is among the most talented writers on the planet and Something Rising (Light and Swift) is one of those rare, memorable novels that is complete in every regard." Martin Clark

Review:

"Kimmel's second novel...fulfills all the promise of her earlier books. Kimmel writes with a sharp eye and an empathetic sweetness that together are irresistible....Whether funny, poignant or simply descriptive, her writing illuminates." Tricia Snell, The Oregonian

Review:

"Kimmel uses language the way Cassie wields her cue: with precision and skill and what seems to be an innate sense about where to place things." Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

Review:

"Kimmel, who clearly knows her way around a pool table, writes some mean sentences, as crisp as a perfectly executed bank shot....Kimmel's novel will drain your emotions." Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today

Synopsis:

From the author of the #1 "New York Times" bestselling memoir "A Girl Named Zippy" comes a heartbreaking novel about a young female pool hustler trapped in a small Indiana town.

About the Author

Haven Kimmel is the author of The Solace of Leaving Early and A Girl Named Zippy. She studied English and creative writing at Ball State University and North Carolina State University, and attended seminary at the Earlham School of Religion. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Tammy, April 17, 2007 (view all comments by Tammy)
I loved this book! The characters are well written and easy to love (or not). Cassie is a great example of a strong, dedicated woman.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743247757
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Kimmel, Haven
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Cancer
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Paternal deprivation
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Pool
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Series Volume:
vol. 4, no. 3.
Publication Date:
20031223
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17.104 oz

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Product details 288 pages Free Press - English 9780743247757 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Cassie Claiborne is a street-smart Nine-Ball prodigy, a temperamental tomboy, too knowing to accept her surroundings and too circumscribed by them to find release. I was less than thirty pages into Something Rising and already I sensed I'd be missing her by the novel's end. It was something in the voice, Kimmel's confidence, the comfort of her prose. She uses commas like clothespins, as if pinning long woven clauses to the lines. The wind flows through her sentences. The voice of Something Rising seems so natural, in fact, that it was something of a surprise to encounter the broad range of Kimmel's other work. A Girl Named Zippy is that rarest of accomplishments: a captivating — and happy — childhood memoir; a priceless portrait of small town America, wise beyond its narrator's years. The Solace of Leaving Early, meanwhile, plumbs philosophy and theology to explore timeless notions of faith, grief, and responsibility. They're each worth reading, but I started with Something Rising, and it proved an excellent place to begin.

"Review" by , "With a tougher core than her previous books, and an ending that's redemptive without being cliched, Kimmel's latest is another winner."
"Review" by , "A connection to the characters in her first novel will make readers of Solace smile, and those new to Kimmel will find her thoughtful prose evocative and fresh. A beautiful coming-of-age story."
"Review" by , "Gorgeously written and brilliantly conceived, Something Rising (Light and Swift) is touching and funny and warm and spirited." Augusten Burroughs
"Review" by , "It's hard not to wish for an immediate follow-up novel about Cassie. As she's proven with her memoir, A Girl Named Zippy, and her first novel, The Solace of Leaving Early, Haven Kimmel is a writer who's work is worthy of any reader's time."
"Review" by , "This is one author who will not waste your time. She can sum up a minor character — hell, she can sum up ancestry — in a single sentence....If this book were a pool game, Kimmel would run the table all night long."
"Review" by , "Haven Kimmel is among the most talented writers on the planet and Something Rising (Light and Swift) is one of those rare, memorable novels that is complete in every regard."
"Review" by , "Kimmel's second novel...fulfills all the promise of her earlier books. Kimmel writes with a sharp eye and an empathetic sweetness that together are irresistible....Whether funny, poignant or simply descriptive, her writing illuminates."
"Review" by , "Kimmel uses language the way Cassie wields her cue: with precision and skill and what seems to be an innate sense about where to place things."
"Review" by , "Kimmel, who clearly knows her way around a pool table, writes some mean sentences, as crisp as a perfectly executed bank shot....Kimmel's novel will drain your emotions."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the #1 "New York Times" bestselling memoir "A Girl Named Zippy" comes a heartbreaking novel about a young female pool hustler trapped in a small Indiana town.
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