Title: A Still Small Voice
Publisher: Dell Publishing, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition.
FINE/ FINE copy protected by Archival Brodart cover. Author's first novel. Special bookmarks from publisher laid in. Inscribed: Bill, your book next, John Reed Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000648
Synopsis: Written with a storyteller's grace and a poet's touch, A Still Small Voice is the magnificent work of a gifted young novelist. Taking its place beside the great novels of the Civil War, John Reed's sweeping saga is at once a passionate love story and a powerful human drama set against a vivid backdrop of a nation at war.
The year is 1859. As this breathtaking novel opens, seven-year-old Alma Flynt arrives in the small Kentucky town of Cotterpin Creek to begin a new life in her aunt's home. There, a whole new world opens up before her eyes-a world of impossible grace and comfort, of lush pastures and billowing bluegrass. And there, Alma will meet a family who will shape the course of her life.
The Clevelands, with their sprawling mansion and gleaming thoroughbred horses, are magnificent. But from the beginning, one Cleveland draws all her attention-the youngest son, John Warren. Of their childhood bond, Alma later recalls: "The stubborn fact was, without the slightest hint of imagination, that it was clear to him, and to me, and to everyone, that we were meant to be together."
But like a swift storm cloud, the Civil War descends on Cotterpin Creek, taking men from the land and husbands from wives, never to return. Swept into the chaos are the Clevelands, and John Warren himself, leaving their fading mansion and sprawling horse farm behind. Against this turbulent backdrop, Alma will come of age. And when the fighting is over, the story of a brave young man riding off to battle becomes a haunting journey of vengeance, loss, and redemption. But for Alma, yet another journey begins on the day a strange, battered, starved, and tormented young soldier staggers back into her life.
Grand in scope, filled with small miracles of language, A Still Small Voice is a stirring adventure of the heart, a historical saga of extraordinary power and depth. Haunting, heartbreaking, and unforgettable, this is storytelling at its very best.
From the Back Cover:
Advance Praise for John Reed's Debut Novel, A Still Small Voice:
"With gorgeous writing and a powerful sense of history, John Reed makes a stunning debut. You'll fall into this remarkable novel from the first sentence. Reed is a heartthrob of a writer, and A Still Small Voice shines with his passion."
-Molly Peacock, author of Paradise, Piece by Piece
"Who would have thought that a 21st-century Yankee could write such a lovely book about the 19th-century South? John Reed's prose style is a heady mix of restraint and exuberance. In A Still Small Voice, Reed combines the attentiveness of a naturalist, the factual accuracy of an historian, and the compassion of, well, a really good novelist."
-Matthew Sharpe, author of Nothing Is Terrible and Stories from the Tube
"Touching, scrupulously researched, John Reed's historical novel is a resonant invocation of voice, time, and place. Reed is an extraordinary new talent."
-Fran Gordon, author of Paisley Girl
"A fine first novel by a young writer of great promise."
"Of the romance of the Old South and its destruction, John Reed writes from a discreet distance. He writes of the betrayal of the innocent trust of children and of horses and how that trust is renewed by the spirits of nature, by time, and by love. But most of all he writes with an immediate speech of a woman of those troubled times and we are right there with him."
-James Sherry, author of Our Nuclear Heritage
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