The Pains of April

The Pains of April

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by Frank Turner Hollon
     
 

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Frank Turner Hollon, in The Pains of April, his first published novel, brings to us the recollections of an old man in a rest home on the Gulf Coast. We feel the frustrations, lessons, and fears of a lifetime remembered and typed as this man looks for himself behind the veil of his memories and dreams. �Even at the end of April there are so many things to

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Frank Turner Hollon, in The Pains of April, his first published novel, brings to us the recollections of an old man in a rest home on the Gulf Coast. We feel the frustrations, lessons, and fears of a lifetime remembered and typed as this man looks for himself behind the veil of his memories and dreams. �Even at the end of April there are so many things to learn.�

About the Author:

Frank Turner Hollon lives with his wife Allison, and family in Alabama, where he practices law. He is the author of The God File which was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers title.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780964372740
Publisher:
Over the Transom Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.75(d)

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Robert E. Bell
The ending of the novel is stunning. The final sentence is spine-chilling in its appropriateness, and I wish I had written it. So few writers understand style anymore, but Mr. Hollon does. The Pains of April is a beautiful book.
— (Robert E. Bell, author of The Butterfly Tree)
Judith Richards
Frank Turner Hollon's writing is fluent in the elements of literature that I love-poetic truths and eccentricities wrapped in good storytelling.
— (Judith Richards, author of Too Blue to Fly)
Tom Corcoran
Without rough-edge-rounding, and with a coupling of humor and truth, The Pains of April is a love letter to life, its desperate challenges, including the finale we rarely control. Plus, there's hope here that, just maybe, we'll be alert and clever when the outside machinery starts to rust.
— (Tom Corcoran, author of Gumbo Limbo)
Michael Knight
With abundant honesty and humor, Frank Turner Hollon tells the story of one man's life as remembered in his last days. It sounds simple, but if there's a better reason to write a book or a better reason to read one, I can't think of it.
— (Michael Knight, author of The Divining Rod)

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Pains of April 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AnaV1 More than 1 year ago
The Pains of April by Frank Turner Hollon is the hardest thing I have ever had to describe in my entire life. Regardless of the fact that this book seems as though it was written by the weathered hands of a 150 year old man, Hollon was 26 years old when he wrote it. Written in first person point of view, it is tremendously poetic and almost philosophical. The book does not really have a storyline, nor any plot twist. It is basically made up of a very insightful, inquisitive old man’s thoughts and memories, yet it is all stitched together so stunningly. It is a short book (only 100 pages) still it has had a great amount of influence on me. After reading this novel, I could not read another for 1 month because all I could think about was The Pains of April. It matured me. These 100 pages of an average old man’s thoughts on his life were enough to make me significantly mature mentally. His imagery is superb. At times I found myself having to put the book down because all I saw in my mind were the infinite paintings inspired by this book. Hollon’s form of writing is slightly peculiar and he has a unique way of putting a book together. It is as though authors are knitters and all of them knitted in the same manner (writing), had the same supplies (pen and paper), and knitted the same thing: a gray sock (novels). Then Frank Turner Hollon would be that ingenious knitter who found an odd new way of knitting his red mittens. This author understands style (something I have rarely found). I have just found so much in these 100 beautifully formed pages. This novel has depthened my thoughts in many ways and I completely recommend it. “Even at the end of April there are so many things to learn.”
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The 'Pains of April' is a rare gem. Frank Turner Hollen wrote this masterpiece with a large canvass, broad strokes, yet at the same time is very detailed. I have read some classics in my time, this is one. It should be in every public school and library in the country. The characters in the story are vivid and colorful. The book is just as much about living as it is dying and everything in between. I heard Oprah stopped doing the book of the month gig? To bad she would have loved to do a segment on 'Pains Of April'. A joy to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book moves along. I caught myself smiling while I was reading. I heard myself laugh aloud when I was alone. The book is just a wonderful time. You or a book fan will love this book.