Tuesday, April 22, 2008

FREE 31: The Used World by Haven Kimmel

The Used World: A Novel
by Haven Kimmel
Advance Reader's Edition

I read this book for the summer reading review for Elle Magazine. It's an interesting book, not the usual ones I read. I enjoy it, a lot. This is only in good condition, the front cover is curled. I'm careful with my books, but when one of my children 'borrow it' it inevitably acquire wrinkles. I'm passing it on to you, my loyal participants. I'll have more posted in a few days.

From Publishers Weekly
Kimmel (Something Rising (Light and Swift); A Girl Named Zippy) returns to rural Indiana in her expansive third novel. Hazel Hunnicut is the proprietor of Hazel Hunnicut's Used World Emporium, the station at the end of the line for myriad antiques and junk in Jonah, Ind. With her passel of cats and distaste for convention, Hazel is eccentric but grudgingly beloved by her two employees: Claudia, a tall and lonely woman ostracized for her androgynous appearance, and Rebekah, who is still recovering from an oppressive Pentecostal upbringing. With a nudge from Hazel and the appearance of an abandoned infant (whose junkie mother, a friend of Hazel's junkie sister, is dead), the two women form a relationship, providing momentum as an unlikely family takes shape and hidden connections between the characters are revealed.
The story has many satisfying layers, but melding them requires Kimmel to jump around in time, sometimes to confusing results (among the pasts visited are Rebekah's childhood; Hazel's upbringing and the backstory on her relationship with the locals; and dreamlike visions of a long-ago romance between a black groundskeeper and a white judge's daughter). It's an intriguing puzzle box of a novel with a few edges left unsanded. (Sept.)
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  1. Include me for this one, sounds good!

  2. Count me in. Since I wrote the above review for Amazon, I think I deserve a chance at the book. I don't own it (took it from the library) and would love to have it. As you read for yourself, I liked it a lot.

    Would have been nice to be asked if you could use my review here ...?

  3. I've been wanting to read something by this author for awhile, so I'm crossing my fingers for a win here :-)

  4. I love Haven Kimmel. Please sign me up!

  5. Throw my name in the hat please!

  6. Haven Kimmel is the best - I am so excited that she has written what is sure to be another side splitting masterpiece. Count me in! I want this book! ;)