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Something Rising (Light and Swift): A Novelby Haven Kimmel
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Cassie Claiborne's world is riddled with problems beyond her control: her hard-living, pool-shooting father has another wife; her mother can't seem to move herself mentally away from the kitchen window; and her sister Belle is a tempest of fragility and brilliance. Frustrated by her inability to care for so many, Cassie finds in the local pool hall an oasis of green felt where she can master objects and restrain her emotions.
As Cassie grows up, 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 from past wrongs and freeing herself from her life's inertia. In this uplifting story, Haven Kimmel reaches deep into the hamstrung souls of her fictional corner of Indiana to create an astonishing work of pure heartbreak.
"Kimmel reveals a Midwest that lies beyond the normal, small-town, apple pie, heartland caricatures...Sam Shepard, eat your heart out!" Elle
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"A bit too lugubrious for an elegy, a bit too lighthearted for a caper: still, a serviceable account of a young woman finding her own way in a twilit world of regret and loss." Kirkus Reviews
"Subtly shifting and at times sprawling, Rising surprises with broader notions of love, faith, and hope, all written with delicate grace....Kimmel again takes aspects of the everyday and renders them transcendent. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly
"Gorgeously written and brilliantly conceived, Something Rising (Light and Swift) is touching and funny and warm and spirited." Augusten Burroughs
"Haven Kimmel is nothing if not versatile....Something Rising (Light and Swift) is a stunner of a story that continues Kimmel's tradition of mixing page-turning narrative with heartbreaking honesty." BookPage
"What intelligence is here, and what grace, and what unsentimental (and contagious!) love for our messy ways here on planet Earth. Haven Kimmel is true gospel wearing blue jeans; you read her and you are lifted up." Elizabeth Berg
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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