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Going to Bend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    A good story.

    I got this book because Fannie Flagg liked it and I like Fannie Flagg. I was not disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2004


    What a wonderful book. The characters are well developed - you find yourself caring about them and wanting to know what will become of them. The story lines are heartwarming. You'll laugh and cry and walk away thinking it was time well spent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2004

    Great Read!

    I was caught up in the story by the 5th page, may be a new record.

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    Posted February 17, 2004



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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004


    Conceived with heart, mind, and pen, Diane Hammond's debut novel takes place in small town Hubbard, Oregon. It is ' of the oldest no-account towns on the coast of Oregon. Men there fished commercially or helped others deep-sea fish for sport.....They lived hard, bore scars, coveted danger and died either young and violently or unnecessarily old. The women worked, or not. The children belonged to them.' The story focuses on two women; they're best friends, have been for as long as they can remember. Both are now in their thirties. Rose is a Mother Earth type, warm, nurturing. Petie is 'small and hard and tight and flammable, like the wick of a candle.' In order to augment their almost nonexistent incomes the two begin working together as soup cooks in a newly opened restaurant, Superior's Café. It's a strain rising at dawn's first light to make soup from scratch, but their efforts are well received. Nadine and Gordon are the restaurant's owners. They're fraternal twins and an unlikely pair to make their home in Hubbard, but they fled stress city, L.A., for a quieter place so Gordon, who is terminally ill, might find some peace. As the lives of Rose and Petie unfold we meet a host of characters including Jim Christie, a commercial fisherman; Ryan, the youngest of Petie's boys who is quiet and a bit of a bookworm. His father has a harsh description of him, while Petie concedes that he's a bit 'odd' - at least for Hubbard, Oregon. Life is not easy for any of these folks yet we are reminded through them that there is happiness to be found in the most unexpected places and even in inauspicious events. We are also reminded of the strengths of an enduring friendship - '...your mom may let you down, your boss may let you down, life may let you down...but your best friend never will.' With her first novel Diane Hammond shows herself to be a writer of note. She has served as a spokesperson for the Oregon Coast Aquarium and, yes, she has lived in Bend, Oregon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    A rare treat from a talented new author!

    This first novel by Diane Hammond is a wonderful book full of characters that end up feeling like they are close personal friends. The story is about two women who share a rare and true friendship, understanding and accepting each other in spite of the fact that they are as different as two individuals can be. The author exhibits sensitivity and understanding when dealing with the difficulties that life throws at these two friends. The writing style is charmingly unique, fun, and heartfelt and her descriptions of events, people, and places easily draw you into the life of a small Oregon Coastal town. I will be anxious to read her next book!

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