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by Michelle Huneven

  • ISBN: 0679454373
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Michelle Huneven
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Other formats: doc lit lit mobi
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (June 24, 1997)
  • Pages: 295 pages
  • FB2 size: 1675 kb
  • EPUB size: 1118 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 983
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In a small town among the citrus groves in the Santa Bernita Valley, so the locals claim, nothing ever goes according to plan.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. It's a great place to live.

With insight matched with artistry, Michelle Huneven traces the emerging destinies of these characters as each of them struggles for peace and equilibrium, even happiness and love, against hapless, all-too-human frailty and circumstance. A vivid evocation of landscape and community, Round Rock derives great power from psychological subtlety, and from affection for and profound understanding of lives strained or broken but on the mend. Fresh, remarkably mature, and constantly surprising, this astonishing debut wins both your trust and your heart.

Walk right out to freedom. Sky. Sidewalk underfoot. Well-aimed sun. Coffee shops. Then, Bobby said, some stuff about him came in over the computer, and now it was known he’d had too many alcohol-related offenses to be released on his own recognizance. Lewis had trouble accepting this development.

If I read fiction, I would read Michelle Huneven. Don't be mislead by her last name, Michelle is very.

Webpage of Michelle Huneven, novelist. Author of Round Rock, Jamesland, Blame, and Off Course. Huneven is an audacious novelist, casting the narrative light evenly on various idiosyncratic characters while summoning the generationally and culturally distinct voices of a diverse population. She forfeits fashionable cathexis for a more complex portrayal of multiple situations and relationships, thereby introducing readers to this tight, fractious community as if they were newcomers, free to form their own fresh allegiances.

In a small town among the citrus groves in the Santa Bernita Valley, so the locals claim, nothing ever goes according to plan.

From the author of Blame, a new novel about the unexpected damage inflicted by romantic entanglements. It's the early 1980s: Reagan is in the White House and his trickle-down theory is gaining traction in the national psyche. It's a great place to live, they say, if you like surprises: it's just like life, only different.

Michelle Huneven (born August 14, 1953) is an American novelist and journalist. Huneven was born and raised in a Jewish family in Altadena, California, where she returned to live in 2001. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and attended the Methodist Claremont School of Theology. Huneven’s novels explore related themes of recovery and maturation

In a small town among the citrus groves in the Santa Bernita Valley, so the locals claim, nothing ever goes according to plan.

Huneven appears on the scene with a California-set and deftly managed melodrama about life, love-and .

Huneven appears on the scene with a California-set and deftly managed melodrama about life, love-and alcoholism. Red Ray was a thriving West Coast lawyer with a glamorous and ambitious wife-until she dumped him for being a drunk, and until he himself ended up nearly dead, thrown from a car wreck during a booze-driven tour of the southwest. Ray,'' says Huneven, & from that curb a sober ma. ' Where to go? What to do? Red returns to the half-decrepit Victorian mansion in the Santa Bernita Valley that he'd bought earlier as a gift and hobby.

In a small town among the citrus groves in the Santa Bernita Valley, so the locals claim, nothing ever goes according to plan. "It's a great place to live, they say, if you like surprises: it's just like life, only different." Certainly a number of Rito's inhabitants--fewer than a hundred in all--are surprised to be living here. Red Ray, for instance, a wildly alcoholic lawyer who bought a dilapidated Victorian mansion in an attempt to rehabilitate his marriage and regain the affections of his wife and young son. After destroying those hopes with a spectacular final binge, Red established a drunk farm, Round Rock, on the ruins. There, one day at a time, he follows his new, unexpected calling.Many months after her husband decamped (almost immediately) for Los Angeles, Libby Daw still lives alone in their trailer, and finds herself even more rooted to the valley she dreams of escaping.And there's Lewis Fletcher, a sometime graduate student whose keen intelligence is sorely tested by his erratic behavior and current predicament. Without exactly knowing why, and entirely against his wishes--or by default and sheer good luck--he finds himself placed in Ray's care at Round Rock.As these people seek out or maintain their various niches in the valley, the peculiar history of the place asserts itself. An heiress descended from the original settlers, Billie Fitzgerald still acts as though she owns it all; devoted to her father and son, she obscures her mercurial emotions from even her closest friends. The past also returns with David Ibañez, whose family had harvested the groves for generations--and whose talents and secrets (and thus, he discovers, his future) are inextricably bound to the complex, close-knit town he thought he had left behind.With insight matched with artistry, Michelle Huneven traces the emerging destinies of these characters as each of them struggles for peace and equilibrium, even happiness and love, against hapless, all-too-human frailty and circumstance. A vivid evocation of landscape and community, Round Rock derives great power from psychological subtlety, and from affection for and profound understanding of lives strained or broken but on the mend. Fresh, remarkably mature, and constantly surprising, this astonishing debut wins both your trust and your heart.
Reviews about Round Rock (7):
Jum
The people move in and out of each others's lives, making mistakes, misjudgment, and all sorts of human errors, as all are prone to do. This is a realistic look at alcoholic recovery programs and the people who make a difference. It is about love and forgiveness as well as hatred, snobbery and stubborn refusal to relent. This is one of those books where the reader feels a part of the scene, and there is real regret when the end arrives and the door is shut. This novel is Michelle Huneven's first novel, and it is a masterful work. Highly recommended.
Lailace
As with all of this author's books, this is absorbing, interesting, surprising, and very true to life.
Iell
This is the first Huneven novel I have read and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. Her characters are complex and her plot twists bittersweet. She has a good grasp of the psychological struggle just to get by in life.
unmasked
Huge fan of Michelle Huneven. Round Rock does not disappoint. Rich, deep characters, engrossing story. Very satisfying.
Snowseeker
I enjoyed Ms Hunevens new book. This book seemed choppy and hard to follow. She is a good writer, though.
Deeroman
Hmmm, well, I'd been referred to this book by a co-worker who raved about it. Don't get me wrong, it was decent but I've read far better books on addiction. The characters were a bit scattered & at times, hard to attach to.
Heri
Loved James land and Blame but couldn't get into Round Rock..
Red Ray, the central character in this tremendous first novel by Michelle Huneven, was a thriving West Coast lawyer with a glamorous and ambitious wife--until she dumped him for being a drunk, and until he himself ended up nearly dead, thrown from a car wreck during a booze-driven tour of the southwest. ``Red Ray,'' says Huneven, ``rose from that curb a sober man.''
Round Rock is a story about a group of memorable people who, like Red Ray, have hit bottom and are trying to rise back up. It sounds like it ought to be a depressing story-it's anything but. Hunevan has an ability to dispassionately create characters with major league flaws you cannot just relate to, but embrace. The ability to empathize with these people is key because, being on the down and out and, often, in denial about it, there are problems galore. There are also compassionate, realistic people around to help them get through them and back into the light.
This is a book about the power of love and hope told in a matter of fact manner that actually accentuates the warmth and love that make personal redemption possible.
I stumbled on to this book, have given it to several folks as gifts, and every single one of them has loved it. I think the vast majority of people will.
The only disappointment I have is that Huenven has never written another book. After reading Round rock, you'll wish she had a full catalog of choices to read through. Alas, such is not the case, so enjoy this one to the hilt.

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