teenage pool hustler, is one of the more memorable characters in recent
fiction. The conflicts in her life are inherent in her very D.N.A..
Her father, Jimmy, is what Joni Mitchell called, "a rambler and a gambler
and a sweet talking ladies' man." Her mother, Laura, had dreams of marrying
into New Orleans' society and living a radically different life. Nostalgic
and unrepentant, Laura can't imagine her life without Jimmy and her
children, yet the distances in her marriage have carried over into her
relationships with her daughters. Laura relies on Cassie, as the oldest, to
take care of practical matters while she nurtures Belle's academic
When Jimmy leaves his wife and daughters, after years spent arguing about
the shoulda, coulda, wouldas of marriage, Cassie sets out to unravel the
myth of her parents' life together. The truths she finds are hard won and
Something Rising (Light and Swift) is a coming of age story about the
powerful effect of redemption. It's hard not to wish for an immediate
follow-up novel about Cassie.
As she's proven with her memoir, A Girl Named Zippy, and her first
novel, The Solace of Leaving Early, Haven Kimmel is a writer who's
work is worthy of any reader's time.
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