Prospice: A Novel

Prospice: A Novel

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by Karen Kelly
     
 

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Struggling to move on with her life after she loses her husband in World War II, Caroline Hunt brings her two daughters back to her childhood home in Salem, Massachusetts. Caroline's chance meeting with her college sweetheart leads to a complex union that weaves two families together, bringing both great joy and heartrending sorrow. At the center of this compelling…  See more details below

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Struggling to move on with her life after she loses her husband in World War II, Caroline Hunt brings her two daughters back to her childhood home in Salem, Massachusetts. Caroline's chance meeting with her college sweetheart leads to a complex union that weaves two families together, bringing both great joy and heartrending sorrow. At the center of this compelling drama is the simmering, uncontainable attraction felt by step-siblings Dinah and Tru.
A profoundly stirring story of young people on the brink of adulthood and the stark realities of family life-including harrowing grief and the consequences of long-buried secrets-Prospice is rich with psychological detail and unforgettably delineated characters. In elegant prose and pitch-perfect period detail, Karen Kelly draws us deep inside the lives of her characters, offering poignant humor along with page-turning suspense that will captivate readers to the very last, revealing page.
Prospice is Latin for "look ahead," an apt designation for this beautifully wrought debut sure to be embraced by all who love The Memory Keeper's Daughter or the novels of Julia Glass and Ann Patchett. Evocatively portraying several generations of vividly drawn women, it is the story of a family that learns, through sorrow and loss, to find happiness and the strength to look ahead.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780989320023
Publisher:
Legitur Books
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
388
Sales rank:
1,281,962
File size:
901 KB

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Karen Kelly has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, where she studied British and American Literature. She lives in Edina, Minnesota.

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Prospice: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prospice is an incredibly written, moving story that is impossible to put down. The dialogue is natural and compelling, and the relationships well-woven and -developed. Make sure to keep some tissues handy!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PROSPICE was so incredibly well written tha I becamt e emotionally involved with the characters. The family taught the importance of "participating joyfully in the sorrows of life". Prospice was a POWERFUL READ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is like a fine tapestry or sampler given the era. A great story with such well developed characters that you feel as if you living in that moment with them. This is a book that will keep you up at night ( in a good way ) and will provide you with information that will broaden your world and prose that will warm your heart. I love how the author created a parallel world...in effect " a nesting doll " of a book within a book. Brilliant! Can't wait to see Prospice on the silver screen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a captivating read. I especially enjoyed the eventual, somewhat surprising personality revelations of the less likable characters in the story.  I did not want this tale to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a GREAT read - intense, engrossing and intelligent! A wonderfully written period piece with a lot of heart. I couldn't put it down and can't wait for Karen Kelly's next novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prospice is a beautifully written novel. The passion and knowledge that Karen Kelly pours into this first novel is evident on every page. The novel is full of love, pain and restoration. It is hard to believe that this is Karen's first novel. You must read this and get in the queue for her next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seldom does a book as beautifully written and compelling as this one arrive on the shelves. Funny moving to heart rending, with characters so well developed you feel you would know them if you met. (It is so refreshing to see teenagers presented as people instead of, well, teenagers.) Full of simile and imagery; this book is alive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A GREAT read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FANTASTIC. READ IT! An extraordinary debut for author Karen Kelly.  She brought to life a compelling and suspenseful love story. An intricate and positively elegant novel. Filled with raw emotion, graceful sentence structure and poetry. Regardless of your preferred genre, you will most certainly find this book a terrific read.  It is a wonderful experience to read PROSPICE, what is to sure be a classic.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prospice is a fantastic, intelligently written novel and one of the most compelling stories of love, loss, and life that I have ever read.  Days after finishing this book, I still can't stop thinking about it.  I would recommend it to anyone looking for a book they won't be able to put down and will want to start reading a second time immediately upon finishing it the first time. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's rare to read a love story so well written - intelligent, edifying, and lyrical.  The characters are wholly believable, the dialogue snappy yet real, and the emotion profound. I whole-heartedly recommend this beautiful novel to anyone who loves a story they can't put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this fast-paced story about a first love.  Kelly's knowledge of and appreciation for history and literature are evident throughout the novel, adding interest along the way. I can't wait to share this book with my book club and also with my high school aged daughter. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Kelly spins a beautiful tale of family, devastating heartaches and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit to endure through love.  Kelly completely captures the passionate longing and wonder of a first love.  Her choice of setting (post WWII America) makes the reader long for a time not dominated by a 24/7 news cycle and non-stop technology.  Prospice elegantly transports the reader to a time when life moved a bit slower, but felt much more in focus.  I highly recommend Prospice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow.  This story really goes places.  I read until 4 am - couldn't put it down.  Very enticing, and really fun to read.