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Narrow Lives
     

Narrow Lives

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by Tyler Tichelaar
 

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Narrow Lives is the story of those whose lives were affected by Lysander Blackmore, the sinister banker first introduced to readers in The Queen City. It is a novel that stands alone, yet readers of The Marquette Trilogy will be reacquainted with several familiar characters. Written as a collection of connected short stories, each told in first person by a different

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Narrow Lives is the story of those whose lives were affected by Lysander Blackmore, the sinister banker first introduced to readers in The Queen City. It is a novel that stands alone, yet readers of The Marquette Trilogy will be reacquainted with several familiar characters. Written as a collection of connected short stories, each told in first person by a different character, Narrow Lives depicts the influence one person has, even in death, upon others, and it explores the prisons of grief, loneliness, and fear self-created when people doubt their own worthiness. About the Author: Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and seventh generation Marquette resident, was raised on tales of his hometown's past. Narrow Lives is his fourth novel, following his popular Marquette Trilogy.

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Rebecca's Reads - Kam Aures
Tichelaar does an excellent job of developing interesting, memorable characters and an even better job at tying them all together with a common thread. This is the first of his books that I have read, but reading this book definitely made me interested in going back and reading his trilogy to find out more about these diverse characters.

The novel is set in the U.P. of Michigan and, as a former resident of Northern Wisconsin I was familiar with the towns mentioned in the book which made
Amazon - Mary Flynn
Narrow Lives is so much more than a small town saga. If you have ever lived or worked in a small town, Tyler R. Tichelaar's Narrow Lives will entrance you with his insightful view of the characters that reminded me of so many people I have met and known in places possibly like Marquette. It is quite a feat the way Tichelaar is able to entwine the lives of these characters through history like so many Christmas lights bound together by the dastardly but intriguing Lysander Blackmore.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013034204
Publisher:
Marquette Fiction
Publication date:
08/22/2011
Series:
Marquette Trilogy , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,161,340
File size:
542 KB

Meet the Author

Tyler R. Tichelaar, 7th generation Marquette resident, spent thousands of hours researching and writing The Marquette Trilogy: Iron Pioneers, The Queen City, and Superior Heritage. Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Northern Michigan University. He has lectured on writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London. Tyler is the regular guest host of Authors Access Internet Radio and the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. He is the owner of Marquette Fiction and Superior Book Promotions, a professional book review, editing, and proofreading service. Tyler lives in Marquette, Michigan where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing.

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Narrow Lives 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LauraFabiani More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth book I read from author Tyler R. Tichelaar that is connected with his Marquette Trilogy books. I'm happy I kept it for last because unlike his other novels this is a collection of connected short stories about some of the minor characters of the Marquette books. Does it ever happen when reading a novel that you wonder about a character who had a very small albeit interesting role in the story? Well, this book satisfies that curiosity. And once again, Tichelaar's signature talent for creating unforgettable characters that jump off the page is no less evident here. This author is an amazing storyteller, bringing to life not only believable characters but the history of his hometown, Marquette. Although the book is considered a stand-alone and could be enjoyed even if you haven't read any of the Marquette Trilogy books, I liked knowing the background and making the connection to what I had previously read. I especially liked the stories of Serena and Scofield. I also found Tichelaar's themes bolder in this book, exploring the topics of betrayal and adultery and their effects on the parties involved. There is even a rape scene, however, it is not explicit. The title Narrow Lives is inspired from a passage of Willa Cather's Lucy Gayheart, where it beautifully expresses the effects people have on each other in small towns. I certainly look forward to reading more from this gifted author who has provided me with hours of reading pleasure.
angela09 More than 1 year ago
"Narrow Lives", opens with Cecilia Whichgood Haslett, who for years has been harboring a secret that could destroy the lives of many prominent members of the town. Cecilia is upset to see that her granddaughter, Danielle, is heading for the down the same path that she herself had stumbled down many years before. Unwilling to heed her grandmother's advices, Danielle marries Gary Marshall, who turns out to be the town drunk. Moving back to Marquette, after inheriting her grandmothers house she finds herself in a compromising situation with the banks president. Gary, after losing the house due to a gambling problem, makes a deal with Lysander Blackmore, the bank president. The next morning Gary turns up dead. Worrying about the deals that he and Gary made, Lysander shows backup at Danielle's house to sort through her papers. After finding a letter addressed to him in Cecilia's hand, Lysander is found dead in his office. The only reminates of the letter is a pile of ashes. From there we are transported back to when Lysander was still alive we witness when his wife, Lydia finds out that he was having an affair. From there we enter into the lives of Lydia's parents, Roger and Delia Richardson, we find out how her father was accused of killing the town beauty, Madeline Henning. We see how Delia eventually forgave Roger and the fall in lobe with him. Next, we meet Serena, who is trapped by Lysander who is trying to seduce her so she can keep her family's piano. Christian comes to her aid we see the friendship that transpires between them and also witness it come to an end. From there we are brought into the lives of the Blackmore children who are now grown, we see the effect their father's death had one them, and we seen their son, Nigel, leaving home to escape their mother. Matildia, their daughter has secretly married the maid son, and has developed her own problems. Now we are brought into the live of yet another resident of Marquette, the illegitimate son of Lysander Blackmore. We witness the struggle that Scofield Blackmore has dealt with all his life. Never feeling worthy, always chained to the legacy his parents left for him. After marrying a girl he was trying to protect, he felt his life would change, only once again to be slapped in the face. His wife left him and their daughter and ran off with the inheritance that another of Lysander's illegitimate children had left him. Finally he receives a much need brake when Danielle Haslett helps him to find a respectable job which leads to respectable friends. Now he is able to rise up from ashes of his previous life. Free from the sins of his father, Scofield id finally able to give his daughter the life he never had. With each chapter, Tyler R. Tichlaar, opens a door to the private lives of each of his characters. "Narrow Lives", takes you on a journey through time and place, throughout the town of Marquette. Michigan. A town where the fabric of their lives has all become entwined with the single thread of one man. A unique collection of short stories that span the years, "Narrow Lives", is a book that all should read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I awaited the publication of Narrow Lives with great anticipation and was definitely not disappointed. Although this book can be read independently from Tichelaar's Superior Trilogy, the twists and turns throughout bring much needed closure to some of the more minor characters I loved so much. Lysander Blackmore, the banker that seems to affect so many lives in the Queen City, is shown to be a complicated individual that made many wrong choices. Tichelaar has developed so many interesting characters that I was thoroughly depressed to be finished with the book! I eagerly await any future writings from this author...and will be rereading them all in the meantime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago