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Monsoon Season [Format Kindle]

Katie O'Rourke

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Riley refuses to call herself a battered woman - she doesn't fit the profile.

When her boyfriend Ben hits her, she doesn't know what to call it. She does know to pack her things and run to the one place that feels safe - home.

Riley discovers she's pregnant and her emotions become tangled. She can't shake the fact that she's still in love with Ben...

A horrific accident then turns Riley's world even more upside down, forcing her to accept help from those around her. Before she can begin to heal, she must learn the difference between being independent and being alone.

A gripping emotional drama, perfect for fans of Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 374 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 151 pages
  • Editeur : Canvas (19 juillet 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0070TREUS
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Amazon.com: 4.8 étoiles sur 5  18 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An honest and lyrical story about love and its complications 19 juillet 2012
Par Mary Vensel White - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Monsoon Season is the story of Riley and Ben, two young adults who meet and fall in love. Author Katie O'Rourke handles the burgeoning relationship with deft hands, showing in moments and gestures how the two become acquainted and enamored. Here, Riley's hand meets Ben's amidst sparks and spasms; there, he reaches down and readjusts the blankets to cover her cold feet. Facets of their personalities emerge as we follow their movements. They spend hours playing board games and staying in, and days exploring the surrounds of Tucson, where Riley has moved from the east coast after graduating college. The terrain is foreign and new, as is the landscape of the relationship.

And yet Monsoon Season begins with Riley on a bus, en route to her childhood home and separating from Ben. From the intimacy of their fledging love, the novel's lens widens to include a supporting cast. Donna, Riley's roommate who has stood by as one friend after another abandons her for romantic pursuits. Laura, Riley's childhood friend who got married young, after an unexpected pregnancy. Ben's mother, Teresa, still dealing with the repercussions from her own marriage. And Riley's parents, Mark and Carol, a seemingly normal middle-aged couple who may have more problems than they let on. As the young couple's circle widens, as the past and present come together to illuminate how they have found themselves in their current state, we begin to understand the complexity of their relationship (of all relationships), and the influences they've absorbed. And like the cracked Arizona earth unable to withstand the torrent of a monsoon, Riley finds herself at the center of a storm, life launching an onslaught from all sides. In the end, she must either drown or dry herself off.

Monsoon Season is touching and feels honest; at times, the prose is lyrical and knowingly observant. Part coming-of-age, part love story, part family drama, it is peopled with vivid characters and tells a story that pulls at the heart and engages the mind. This is what it's like to love someone, to make a mistake, to start over. These universalities and their nuanced delivery are the strength of Katie O'Rourke's debut novel.

Mary Vensel White, author of The Qualities of Wood
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Literary Fiction At It's Best 26 juillet 2012
Par GamerGus - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Monsoon Season is a perfect example of how literary fiction can be gripping and compelling, and would be more popular outside of book club circles if more of it was written like this.

Author Katie O'Rourke knows how to spin a tale. In fact, she seems to flirt lightly with other genres when describing the environment and events, like people drowning in a storm. I have little doubt that she could pen a thriller or even a horror story if she put her mind to it. The image of a drowned man clutching dry piles of sandy red Earth in his bloated hands is chilling, and describes the absurdness of the Tucson weather perfectly.

But these techniques take a support role to the literary fiction angle, which means strong characters who grow and evolve as the story progresses. This, Monsoon Season has in abundance. Riley is one of the most well-defined characters I've come across, and I read a lot of literary fiction. She is the every-woman type of character, young, out on her own, making terrible mistakes and figuring out how to deal with the consequences. The great thing is that even the sub and minor characters get the same star treatment, with little details about how they look, how they act and how they talk rounding them out until they become real people.

I have to reserve a special paragraph for the dialog. When characters talk it advances the story here while giving more details as to their thoughts and motivations. It's the ultimate example of showing a reader something over telling them. And there is a good mix of it in the story.

I think author Katie O'Rourke is destined to become a household name.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Compelling read 26 juillet 2012
Par Kristin Gleeson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
There's a quiet pace about this novel that moves the reader along like a mild river current. Underneath that mild current there teems the emotion of the various viewpoints to create a very compelling novel. The opening is beautifully crafted to set the scene and allude to the pent up emotions contained in the hub of characters in the novel. It's Riley's pregnancy that initiates the monsoon and we are drawn into the novel to see what damage such a storm will unleash.
This is a beautifully written literary novel that takes its time to create the tension, slowly and carefully and doesn't rush out backstory and facts in great lumps that hinder the pace. The backstory flows into the narrative seamlessly and enriches it. The dialogue is authentic and contributes in its sparsity to the distinct voice of the book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful literary fiction 11 août 2014
Par digsblues - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a very thoughtful novel that is about so much more than an abusive relationship. I got immediately hooked on the story of Riley and Ben's love affair, and how it changed into something so unhealthy for both of them.

Riley came from a good family, just graduated from college and starting what should be a wonderful new life. The story is told from many points of view, and that is what made it so interesting.

Ben's mother reflected "Ben’s words. What had he said? He loved Riley. Teresa remembered that. Gary had always loved her best after. After. Gary had been textbook. She’d found this out later, in support groups and the self-help aisle at the library. He’d wooed her passionately and swiftly and they’d moved to Phoenix right after the wedding. Those two hours away from her family in Tucson, without a car, might as well have been a fortress wall and a moat full of alligators. Whenever he lost control – that was the agreed-upon euphemism – his sorrow would break Teresa’s heart. Her forgiveness was all that could ease his torment."

Her thoughts will be familiar to anyone familiar with the cycle of abuse. It seems like the characters are caught up in a storm, or as the title suggests, monsoon.

I sympathized with all of the characters, and their reactions to Riley's plight. This is a real page turner, which is very uplifting.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Literary fiction with emotional punch. 6 août 2012
Par minormajor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Reading the first chapter immediately put me in mind of the likes of Margaret Atwood and Alice Sebold. This is literary fiction with real emotional strength. Moments of seemingly quiet devastation rise up to suddenly punch you in the gut - the scene where Riley's father thinks she has something on her face which turns out to be a freckle says more about a strained relationship in a couple of lines than I've seen entire novels take five chapters to do. Yet, in spite of the immediate tragedy in the novel's opening chapter, Katie O'Rourke manages to inject subtle moments of humour that give her protagonist both credibility and above all, humanity.
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