House Of Cleaving

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Annie Cleaving watched her young son take his last breath trapped inside the mangled wreckage of her car. The drunk driver walked away without a scratch. A year later breast cancer took Annie's mother, a tender and genteel woman.As a means to escape painful memories Annie attempts to sell the old Cleaving house, leaving the only home she has ever known. Only then she discovers the botched deed and her only choice, to find her mother's siblings and convince each to release their claims.From crazy Aunt Veda, who ...
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Overview

Annie Cleaving watched her young son take his last breath trapped inside the mangled wreckage of her car. The drunk driver walked away without a scratch. A year later breast cancer took Annie's mother, a tender and genteel woman.As a means to escape painful memories Annie attempts to sell the old Cleaving house, leaving the only home she has ever known. Only then she discovers the botched deed and her only choice, to find her mother's siblings and convince each to release their claims.From crazy Aunt Veda, who thinks a televangelist is sending her secret love messages, to Uncle Asher who has given up his Wall Street career and joined a hippie commune, Annie is thrust into a bizarre new world where it seems the Cleaving family history has been altered.Her journey reveals the many secrets woven throughout the Cleaving family, including a murder, involve her mother.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611600674
  • Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press LLC
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 0.78 (w) x 5.25 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Newman is an award-winning journalist and writer, having spent 20 years in the newspaper industry. She has called Southeastern Kentucky home most of her life and truly embraces the title of southern writer, bestowed upon her by loyal readers. Newman has won many journalism awards, seized the opportunity to write for various news magazines and had several stories published by the Associated Press. Although she enjoyed life in print media, she felt something was missing. Her focus had gradually shifted to a concentration of the bottom line instead of what she loved most about newspapering, the written word. Newman now works as Alumni Relations Director at her alma mater. This new career allows for more focus not only on writing but also on the type of writing she adores, fiction.
Newman lives in Kentucky with her husband Frank, who is an attorney. They have two grown daughters.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

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    an exceptionally well-written book with a first-rate plot,

    Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite

    Annie Cleaving's mother has died, and her young son, Ethan, has been killed in an automobile accident by the drunken youngest son of the town sheriff. Annie is grieving deeply, so she quits her job and sells her family home in Kentucky. She doesn't want to live in a town where everyone knows her. Boxes packed, ready to go, Annie finds she cannot sell her family home. Half of the house did belong to her Grandmother Lucy, but the other half was willed to Lucy's eleven surviving children. Annie sets off on a journey to those aunts and uncles, hoping to get each of them to sign off on the deed. And what a journey she has, traveling through Virginia to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, finding out how much her mother Millie meant to each of them. Annie also finds out family secrets such as why she and her mother lived for over two years with hippie Uncle Asher. Annie eventually learns to make peace with what cannot be changed. Do all her aunts and uncles sign off, or does it really matter?

    House of Cleaving is an exceptionally well-written book with a first-rate plot, a rarity in these days of self-publishing. All readers will stay with Annie as she journeys to the truth behind her family's secrets. All characters are well drawn and believable, as the author creates a world where the past is not easy to accept but, nonetheless, quite real. The reader will not forget those pages where Annie's mother, Millie, finds her true love celebrating with his family instead of meeting with her. House of Cleaving is a book for everyone, and one that won't be forgotten.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2011

    An original story of mystery that twists and turns with all the intracacies of the great American family, albiet a strange and mysterious clan...

    The journey is often mysterious, the destination unclear, the motifs unknown, but the ride is well worth it in this outstanding story by Melissa Newman!

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