Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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"Sacred's not a word I've ever much liked. But maybe some things, and some places, just are. And maybe the Blue Hole was one of those things."

Shelby (nicknamed Turtle) never had any female friends. But when a mysterious girl from Sri Lanka moved to town in the summer of 1979, Turtle invites her to a secret haven: the Blue Hole. Turtle has no idea now much that simple gesture will affect the rest of her life, or the lives of those she loves. ...
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Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel

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Overview


"Sacred's not a word I've ever much liked. But maybe some things, and some places, just are. And maybe the Blue Hole was one of those things."

Shelby (nicknamed Turtle) never had any female friends. But when a mysterious girl from Sri Lanka moved to town in the summer of 1979, Turtle invites her to a secret haven: the Blue Hole. Turtle has no idea now much that simple gesture will affect the rest of her life, or the lives of those she loves.

In a time when America was technically well beyond the Civil Rights era, there were those in Turtle's small Appalachian town who rejected the presence of someone different. And in just one summer—in a collision of love, hate, jealousy, beauty, and a sacred, muddy swimming hole—nothing and everything changed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434765680
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 27,462
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Joy Jordan-Lake lives in Brentwood, TN with her husband and three children, and teaches at Belmont University. She is also the author of Grit & Grace: Portraits of a Woman's Life; Whitewashing Uncle Tom's Cabin; Working Families; and Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous. In 2009, Blue Hole Back Home won the Christy Award for first novel.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    Blue Hole Back Home took me home

    A wonderfully written story that took me back to a very special time during my teenage years. It was a privilege to look back through 30 years of experience and insight to an age of innocence that in reality was not so innocent. The setting and characters were so compelling that when I sat down to just preview the first chapter I literally did not put the book down until it was finished the same day. I cannot remember the last time I read an entire book in one day.

    I would recommend this to any level reader from young adult and up. A great book to have your teenage child read and then discuss. It's a very real lesson in racial tensions that we sometimes do not want to admit still exist today.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Provactive and Thoughtful

    The combination of suspense, beautiful descriptions, and real-life drama make this novel, based on a true story, a must-read for those who love historical novels and for those interested in a good book with a message for today. Extremely well-written!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

    Wonderful Read

    Recently read this in our book club and needless to say it was unanimously loved and made for a very deep and lively discussion. Touching relationships, innocence, deep bonds, everything that makes a great book. Story was very well done. By all means put in on your list for a unforgettable read.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2008

    A reviewer

    The beginning of Blue Hole Back Home was overloaded with characters. Too many were introduced in a short period. Once I got them all straightened out, I thought the book was great. The theme is prejudice in a small town. The setting is a small town on the side of a mountain. The story is told from the point of view of a Shelby. The community was all white. A new family had moved to town from Sri Lanka. They had creamed coffee-colored skin and shiny black hair. The new girl and Shelby became quick friends. They went swimming at the Blue Hole with Shelby¿s brother and some of him friends. When the ¿Pack¿ began showing interest in the new girl, the town was distressed. They soon learned the KKK existed in their town. The Clan would go to extremes to get the new family to leave town. Blue Hole Back Home is beautifully written with much sensitivity and wisdom. Blue Hole Back Home demonstrates courage and compassion. I highly recommend Blue Hole Back Home.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    A moving story

    I thought this tale was pretty well written. It has been awhil since I shed a tear over a story, especially when I had already figured out the "what" and"who" of the plot early on. I cared about the characters, which is part of what a good author makes you do. I especially liked the use of the John Donne poem in the story. That was really beautiful and personally comforting to me. All in all, a very good book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Great Book!

    I really enjoyed Joy Jordan-Lake's book. It was well written and though parts were hard and brought tears, I felt part of that mountain and could see myself there at the blue hole. I rated this a 4 because I really wanted a more just ending..In life we don't get that very often so I look for some sort of happy ending in books and movies.. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Check It Out

    I liked this book very good reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    I loved it!

    I cried the best cry I've cried in awhile! Highly reccomend this book for anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Great read

    Great read not only the story which kept my interest throughout but the style which made me feel like part of the story. I put off reading this for a while because although the reviews were good,they appeared to be all by women. This is not a chick book, it's about the post civil rights era in the South.I went to school there in the mid 60's and saw some ugly stuff towards minorities both on and off campus, apparently not much changed by the late 70's including the Klan.
    I could identify with the young teen being frozen the first time being put in a situation calling for a choice to be made between right and wrong not knowing what to do and not wanting to add to an already tense situation. We grow up though and the author has added a positive book to the discussion of race and small town politics. The story doesn't have a nice happy feel good ending but that's life when it comes to race relations and a mixed bag of emotions in some areas.
    Here's a quote I liked: “You've had a tough crack at life, I'll give you that. But you don't got to let the bad thrown at you become the ugly you think you got to be.”
    Criticism's? None really though I was surprised at the lack of parental supervision with a group of teens still living at home, never would have happened where and and when I grew up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Hey

    Hey

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Good, thought provoking read. 

    Good, thought provoking read. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Good book

    Enjoyed this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Loved it!!!!!

    Wonderfully written tale. Loved it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    wo Wow

    This heartwrenching story is beautifully told. Discovering that it is based on the author's real experiences made the novel even more profound for me. Not a "new" tale by any means, this book reminds us of the slippery slope that is the fight for human rights.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    yuck

    Was not my kind of story. Hard to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Captivating

    This is a very interesting story. I really enjoyed this book because it kept me curious to see what was going to happen next.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Great story.

    Life in the Southern mountains in the 1970's. Friendships are forged and racial prejudice is challanged. A great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Excellent book!

    I started this book this morning, and could hardly tear myself away from it. The setting is described so well, I could smell the peanuts and the fumes from the truck, and feel the waves of heat and humidity. Most of the characters were well-rounded and believable, with the possible exception of the antagonist, Mort. He seemed more like a caricature of an inbred redneck than an actual multidimensional person.

    Beautifully written, often surprising, and very moving. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Loved this book!

    I enjoyed this book immensely!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    A beautiful story, however sad...

    It's a story that needed to be told and you need to read it.

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