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  • ISBN-13: 9780758290779
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 139,220
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    I'm confused

    I'm confused as to the use of slang in this book which is inappropriate to the era in which this story is supposed to be taking place. Douchebag , really? And that's only one example. Seems an error any editor would have corrected. It's distracting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

    The story was OK for a light reading diversion, but things just

    The story was OK for a light reading diversion, but things just weren't entirely believable. The coincidences didn't really bother me--it was kind of farcical at times, but that was OK; this isn't a deep novel. However, certain questionable facts & character traits stood out, which were distracting. For instance, child safety locks on a 1950s car? Maybe they existed at the time, but they certainly would have been rare, and I don't believe a kid would have immediately known how to operate them. Also, the dialogue frequently sounded like young people talking today--I wasn't around in the early '60s but I find it hard to believe that people used profanity to such an extent back then.
    I wouldn't recommend this book. The author has written other novels under his real name, and those novels are better than this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    I have read a lot of books in my life, and this was the most biz

    I have read a lot of books in my life, and this was the most bizarre story line I can recall.  How the author came up it is hard to imagine.
    That being said, the story held my interest, and I had to finish it to to see what happens to the characters. If you like something different,
    this is a book for you.  You can take it at face value or read a lot into it!

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  • Posted June 20, 2014


    If there is someone that has a family member that has unusual forgetfulness this book can help understand the problem and take actions. Alzheimers disease is growing rapidly and our understanding of it needs to grow faster.

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

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    Well-Written Debut Novel filled with Emotion!

    How do you describe THE THIRD HILL NORTH OF TOWN? When I was asked what “genre”? This cleverly written debut novel could find its home (not in one category), but many. Some tags I would use to describe my experience: tragedy, humor/comedy, action, adventure, thriller, (not actually crime novel or mystery, but close), historical, drama, mental health, and suspense. A novel of courage, friendship, self-discovery, loss, and prejudice.

    Some of the advance praise for THE THIRD HILL NORTH OF TOWN, was “right on”, in that this novel was a brilliant combination of chaos and coincidence. The front cover image drew me in immediately, with the rugged look of a farmland, and could envision the lives of the characters about to embark on an imaginative journey.

    What a journey it was! Set against the backdrop of the 1960s (interlude takes place in 1923), a trio of misfits and damaged personalities—Julianna, Jon, and Elijah – who became close over the course of the novel for two days with an unlikely friendship.

    The fifty-four yr. old Julianne is out of a mental hospital in Maine with a mission of returning to the tiny farming community in northern Missouri where she was born and raised. A place where she and her best friend Ben played as children--the place where the course of her life changed on night.

    On her journey she meets Elijah, a shy teen, African American boy and Jon, a young hitchhiker on the run from the law. The three become traveling buddies and their bond brings them more than they can imagine. There is one obstacle after another— exploring human nature and behaviors of love and loss (you will laugh and cry).

    An eccentric, yet a powerful imaginative story of human connection and coincidence—Well- written, page-turning, and hard to put down (dying to see what was coming next).

    I very much enjoyed the Q & A with the author, Noah Bly at the end of the book, and his inspiration for the poignant yet bittersweet novel. This is a huge plus for readers, as it further deepens the connection with the story and the author.

    The discussion questions are ideal for book clubs or groups, as to ponder the different characters --why they bonded, and what they gained from one another. I look forward to many more best selling novels from this debut and talented author!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2014

    .This is a debut novel, but I know I have just had the honor of

    .This is a debut novel, but I know I have just had the honor of being one of the first to read the next New York Times bestseller.

    Set, for the most part, in the summer of 1962 in the very north east, the book opens with a kidnapping, or perhaps not. That's it. You are hooked. This isn't a mystery, although there are many questions to be answered and clues to be unveiled. It isn't a coming of age story, but we are brought along on a journey of more than one character's self discovery. It isn't a crime novel, though more than one crime is committed. It isn't a book about the difficulties of racial equality, yet it makes you hold your breath when the racial tension screams at you from the pages. The book could not be described as a thriller, though it is thrilling. Nor could it be pigeon holed as an action/adventure except for the fact that it is a non-stop, full throttle ride across the northeast through to the midwest. It might be considered historical fiction as it takes place in the 60's but there is no historical touchstone...the circumstances could just as easily been set in any decade.

    The premise of the book is simple. A mentally ill, middle-aged woman escapes an institution, meets two young men (one black, one white), and they travel by car across the northeast to the midwest with various law officers and family in pursuit. But there the simplicity ends because it is a wonderful study of human nature; the very good, the very bad and the very ugly. The achingly fragile balance of love and loss. The absurd confluence of coincidence and circumstance. The ravages of reminiscence and regret. The fidelity of a few overpowering the misanthropy of many. The incongruity of ignorant authority. Then mix in the kindness of strangers, the apathy of family, a little loyalty, quite a bit of bravery, some young and old love, and you have one of the best books you might ever read. 

    It's a shame this book won't be published until March, 2014. As a retired teacher now bookseller, it would have been a pleasure to recommend this book for a holiday gift . It will just have to be next summer's blockbuster for ALL men and women except those under 16 ( for violence/language and one particularly comical reference to intercourse ). 

     This is the book you've been waiting for. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Noah Bly for satisfying my hunger for a truly memorable book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    All about the power of memory and coincidence, this is a powe

    All about the power of memory and coincidence, this is a powerful, amazing debut. Each character is fleshed out well, to the point where you truly feel and understand who you are reading about- no stone is left unturned. I will very much be looking to Bly in the future for strong storytelling, let's hope he keeps at it.
    The novel is dripping with both humor and tragedy. I was hooked from the first page. Stay open to the possibility that random things sometimes can (and do) line up, and you will love this book. Really, really. You don't want to miss this one (but you might cry a little. It's worth it.)

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    Posted June 13, 2014

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