The Kiminee Dream: A Novel by Laura McHale Holland
Category: Adult Fiction (18+ and older), 342 pages
Genre: Literary fiction, magical realism
Publisher: WORDforest ~ Release date: April, 2020
Tour dates: June 7 to June 18, 2021
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. A few scenes contain violence and sexual assault. These are not major aspects of the book and don't go into great detail, but these experiences have repercussions for some of the characters that they have to resolve.
A deeply poetic, riveting debut novel, The Kiminee Dream is a tale of Midwest charm and quirky characters, but with twists and turns that reveal a dark side you don't see coming.
It's true that odd things happen in Kiminee, Illinois. Lilacs bloom in winter. Gravel glows golden on occasion. The river sings as it wends through town. But this is normal for the tight-knit folks who call Kiminee home. So when auburn-tufted Carly Mae Foley learns to read at age two and masters multiplication at age three, the denizens take it in stride and embrace her with pride.
But all is not well in Carly Mae's family. And when a twister roars though, it decimates their home, along with their emotional bonds, as her mother's affair is exposed and her father goes missing. A determined grandmother, one-eared dog and generous benefactor come to the gifted child's aid, but not everyone is rooting for her, and when an appalling crime occurs, long-held animosities boil over. No one can say whether the good folks of Kiminee will pull closer together—or be torn apart.
Influenced by folklore and magical realism, The Kiminee Dream is both hypnotic and endearing. If you like depth as well as whimsy, arresting twists, and details that stir your heart, you’ll love what is ultimately an eloquent exploration of acceptance and a tender tribute to the people of Illinois. Don’t delay. Experience this literary gem today.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
The Kiminee Dream is a fantastical story of a fictional place in the Mid-West. It is about a small, "close-knit" community where everyone thinks they know everything about one another. A series of events unfold after the severe "twister" hit on the outskirts of the town, which eventually unfolds a shocking, mixed up mess of insecurities and secrets.
This was one of the most difficult books I have tried to fairly review. For many who remember the "Brer Rabbit" story and "mark Twain's stories, this book brings to mind this type of scenario. However, it does bring about dark secrets much of society tries to avoid acknowledgement of. Thus, is recommended for older teens and adults. There are many points for discussion, which makes this an excellent book for Book Clubs.
It was difficult for me to get into at first. It felt slightly confusing and te writing didn't flow well. However, as the momentum of the tale picked up, it began capturing my interest and started to make more sense.
The diversity of characters was done well and were quite realistic. the background scenes were vividly described. The Title and Cover image were eye-catching and chosen well.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
Storytelling, a life-changing endeavor by Laura McHale Holland
When my daughter was growing up, she and I often walked to and from a busy commercial corridor in our neighborhood that had a great mix of retailers: a dimestore, grocery store, cheese shop, hardware store, art store, toy store, pottery workshop, restaurants galore and more. One silver of a storefront housed a newsstand with all manner of newspapers, magazines and a smattering of snack items. There, I happened upon Storytelling magazine, which was devoted entirely to the ancient and enduring art of telling stories live in-person, with no written text at the ready.
I had some experience with avante garde performance in college but none with storytelling. I had a hunch it would appeal to me, but I was beyond busy with childcare and working to contribute to our family's income. Plus, I have this way of denying myself experiences that are likely to be fun, a holdover from a childhood where to want anything was basically forbidden. So the magazine sat on a shelf at my side of the bed for about three years before I let myself take a storytelling class advertised within its pages.
One class led to another and another, and ultimately to a certificate in storytelling. More importantly, it led to some of the most rewarding work I've ever done. There's nothing quite like telling stories to a classroom of eager grammar school children or encouraging a group of self-conscious middle schoolers to tell stories to one another. And the people I met through storytelling remain some of my dearest friends.
In recent years, I've done far more writing than live storytelling, but I've found that the way storytelling requires you to get to know stories in your bones, rather than memorize them or read them from printed text, has enriched my writing immensely. The tales I've told are part of me now, whispering and guiding the rhythms and twists and turns my stories take. I've also seen how different creative experiences build on one another in unexpected ways. So if you have the urge to pursue something new, do it. Your life might never be the same.
Meet the Author:
As a child, Laura McHale Holland loved the musicality of language and often recalled, verbatim, conversations she heard. A lost soul in her teens and early twenties, she righted herself in her mid-twenties and discovered a deep love of the creative process. In her work, she often finds hope in unlikely places.
Laura writes stories true and untrue in multiple forms from flash fiction to novels, memoirs to short plays. Her coming of age memoir, Resilient Ruin, won a National Indie Excellence Award for new adult nonfiction. Prior award-winning books include Reversible Skirt, a childhood memoir, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found, an anthology on sisterhood. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including The Best of Every Day Fiction Three and Wisdom Has a Voice. Two of her short plays were produced recently in Northern California; two others received staged readings. The Kiminee Dream is Laura's first novel. To connect with her, please visit her website.
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