Patricia Henley

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About the Author

Patricia Henley teaches in the M.F.A. Creative Writing Program at Purdue University and lives in Indiana.

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Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 1990 (1990) — Avustaja — 216 kappaletta
The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology (1988) — Avustaja — 175 kappaletta

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I just couldn't find enough interest to finish this book and gave up at about the half-way mark. The basic idea is OK - the question of personal fulfillment and relationships in the context of a harsh external political environment, but I'm not sure that the characters were developed enough for me to want to share their lives. Perhaps also I am too alienated from the Central American culture in which this book is set and the regular use of Spanish phrases didn't help this English-only reader.
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oldblack | Nov 22, 2016 |
My first ever Patricia Henley book, chosen at random off the shelf, and I am now convinced it won't be my last. Well, yes, I did read the blurb so the random selection became a choice at that point, but I was just browsing the shelves and had never heard of this author. I rate it as excellent, but I can see it's not to everyone's tastes. Clearly it is directly relevant to my life: its time setting, the GLBTI theme, the mother-daughter relationship, the father-daughter relationship, the adoption issue, marriage relationship issues, religiosity, secrets, forgiveness - these are all things that are significant in my life. OK, it's not a real page turner...there is a significant underlying 'mystery' story, but really I think that's just some device to make the story flow and the book would be entirely complete without that storyline, in my opinion. A book such as this, which deals with the real complexity of human relationships, is always welcome in my book bag!… (lisätietoja)
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oldblack | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 22, 2015 |
It took me a long time to get into this book. I wouldn't have finished it, had it not been a selection of my reading group. By the last third of the novel, I was glad I had stayed with it. Henley is an advocate for the power of the written word. It was a thought-provoking read.
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Bellettres | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 16, 2011 |
A worthy read, a sort of "Miss Saigon" in reverse. However, too many story lines detracts from the plot.
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serendipity730 | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 25, 2008 |



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