Tumbleweeds: A Novel

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Recently orphaned, eleven-year-old Cathy Benson feels she has been dropped into a cultural and intellectual wasteland when she is forced to move from her academically privileged life in California to the small town of Kersey in the Texas Panhandle where the sport of football reigns supreme. She is quickly taken under the unlikely wings of up-and-coming gridiron stars and classmates John Caldwell and Trey Don Hall, orphans like herself, with whom she forms a friendship and eventual love triangle that will ...

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Overview

Recently orphaned, eleven-year-old Cathy Benson feels she has been dropped into a cultural and intellectual wasteland when she is forced to move from her academically privileged life in California to the small town of Kersey in the Texas Panhandle where the sport of football reigns supreme. She is quickly taken under the unlikely wings of up-and-coming gridiron stars and classmates John Caldwell and Trey Don Hall, orphans like herself, with whom she forms a friendship and eventual love triangle that will determine the course of the rest of their lives. Taking the three friends through their growing up years until their high school graduations when several tragic events uproot and break them apart, the novel expands to follow their careers and futures until they reunite in Kersey at forty years of age. Told with all of Meacham's signature drama, unforgettable characters, and plot twists, readers will be turning the pages, desperate to learn how it all plays out.

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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
Roses heralded as new Gone with the Wind.
Booklist
As large, romantic, and American a tale as Texas itself.
USA Today (praise for Roses)
"Roses heralded as new Gone with the Wind."
Booklist (praise for Roses)
"As large, romantic, and American a tale as Texas itself."
From the Publisher
"Roses heralded as new Gone with the Wind."—USA Today (praise for Roses)

"As large, romantic, and American a tale as Texas itself."—Booklist (praise for Roses)

"An enthralling stunner....A compelling saga with echoes of Gone with the
Wind."—Publishers Weekly (praise for Roses)

"It's been almost 30 years since the heyday of giant epics...but Meacham's debut might bring them back. Readers who like an old-fashioned saga will devour this sprawling novel of passion and revenge."—Library Journal (praise for Roses)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455513482
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Pages: 693
  • Sales rank: 1,405,534
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Leila Meacham

Leila Meacham is a writer and former teacher who lives in San Antonio, Texas. She is the author of the bestselling novel Roses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Good, but a bit confused

    SPOILER---
    I enjoyed reading this novel, as it kept me interested and desiring to know what would happen next. However, I could not get past the simple fact that Trey HAD to be Will's father. If Trey wanted John to believe it b/c he would be around for him and Trey knew he must have been the father, I would have liked Trey to have acknowledged it. Biologically, according to John's description of the incident, he was not the father! Some other minor events in the story bugged me, as well. I know life is messy, but some things need to make sense! In the end, it is hard for me to move past them.

    16 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Great summer read

    Couldn't wait to read this new book because i so enjoyed Roses by the sameauthor. I was not disappointed! So enjoyable and fast moving. The characters are so interesting and so believable. The end is so cleverly plotted. Didn 't see it coming. I even went back and reread passages to find the authors clues. So nice! I didnt want the story to end.

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Terrible.

    I rarely write reviews but just had to this time in the hopes of saving someone twelve bucks.
    It's been a long time since I've read a book this bad. I really struggled with the sluggish and plodding plot line and eventually gave up half way through a book. I've never stopped a book 1/2 way through before.
    The characters are simple and predictable, which creates a pretty boring story across the board. The twist in the plot was so incredibly unbelievable, it just didn't fit in- it made me feel like the author was pulling tricks out of a hat to keep me engaged. It also greatly increased my dislike of the main characters and antagonists of the tale, which was the opposite intended effect of the previous chapters. But more than anything I just stopped caring about what happened to them and couldn't bring myself to finish the story.
    I feel badly being so negative about a book, but it felt like pages and pages of indulgent "Go get 'em, Tiger!"'s- when it could have been delving into some major character development instead.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Very good book. I loved the characters and was sorry to see it e

    Very good book. I loved the characters and was sorry to see it end.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2012

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    SPOILER!!!

    I was super excited when I saw a new book by this author in barnes and noble. One of my favorite books this year has been her novel Roses so I hoped that this book would be just as good as Roses. It took a little while for the book to get rolling but once it did it was okay. Once it got to the part about the pregnancy though I had to hestitate about reading the rest of it. To me the pregnancy didn't make sense and it wasn't needed. It just annoyed me that she couldn't do a different plot twist with this story. I mean the girl got pregnant too in Roses. But what irked me more was the way the so called pregnancy happened. I reread the passage and there is no way at all that it seemed like Cathy could have gotten prengant. First, John hadn't even entered her and he didn't ejaculate (which is necessary since semen is needed to fertilize the egg). It just seem contrived and a lazy way to put the story. I debated reading the rest of the book because of that. It just really annoyed me because it didn't make sense. I'm thinking the baby is Trey's even though he is considered sterile but it just doesn't make sense any other way. I guess i'll keep reading and see if it gets any better and try not to get too annoyed.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Absolutely loved Roses. Could not wait to read this new novel.

    Absolutely loved Roses. Could not wait to read this new novel. I was
    disappointed, the book did not have the depth of Roses nor did it dig
    deep enough into the characters. It was a much lighter read then Roses.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    SPOILER ALERT: The book was just OK. The storyline was rather un

    SPOILER ALERT: The book was just OK. The storyline was rather unbelievable, as was the conception of Will--supposedly by John. There were a few moments like this that irked me throughout the story, but overall, it was well-written, and I appreciate an author who still adheres to correct grammatical rules. It lagged a bit in the middle, which is probably why it took me two weeks to read it--I put it down and forgot to go back to it. Again, not bad, but probably wouldn't recommend.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    A very good read--well written

    This was a good read as I followed the story of the lives of three good friends that starts when they are very young and follows them through to adulthood. Lots of surprises----I would certainly recommend the book to book clubs for discussion. It is a little lighter than some book clubs read, but I enjoyed it.
    I would read other books by this author

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Great read!!

    Another book that left me with a book hangover! Highly recommend!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    I really enjoyed reading this book, I have read Roses by same au

    I really enjoyed reading this book, I have read Roses by same author, which I enjoyed reading.
    Loved story line and I will recommend this book.  I like her writing. Can't wait to see what see comes with next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Very highly recommend

    A wonderful book about three children that came from different types of families became very good friends and went through their teen years and into college and still remained friends. I don't want to tell too much you need to read it.. It sure did not end the way I thought it would..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    highly recommend

    very good book, surprised me a very moving book I cryied alot reading this

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Wonderful

    A great read and development of characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Very well done

    I read a lot and 4 stars are given infrequently....only for very good stories combined with great writing and character development and intricate plot lines that dont feel contived. Never read this author before and this is not my fav genre but will now look for her other works. A definite page turner.....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    I Thoroughly Loved This Book

    I read Leila Meacham's Roses and found her book Tumbleweeds so different. It is a very well written book and I enjoyed it very much. I did not find them similar at all but equally intriguing as they keep you guessing up to the end. I loved reading this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Great book. Enjoyed her first book, Roses. Love this author...can't wait for her next book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Another great read!

    Leila Meacham has written her second novel and WOW! I was so sorry to finish this book. I truly wanted to see more about the friends! Following them from young to older it kept my interest and really made me look back on the friendship I have shared with my friend for 46 years. Really a book to enjoy and reflect on after you have finished reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Moving

    While I love the author's style I just cannot shake a feeling of deep sadness about this book. Beautifully written but horrifyingly sad and, in my opinion, tragically unjust. Not a feel good book, devestating beyond its final pages and emotionally charged.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Review: "Tumbleweeds" by Leila Meacham was some in




    Review:

    "Tumbleweeds" by Leila Meacham was some interesting read. In Kersey, this story takes place in the Panhandle...with the story being told in third person. These three orphans (Catherine Ann Benson and Trey Don Hall)and a abandoned child (John Caldwell),lead a very interesting life. I found this novel rather long but still fast enough to stay interesting for me. Be ready for a lots of twist and turns that will keep up turning the pages to see what was coming up next. You have three friends... two boys and one girl that become fast friends... however, both boys are in love with the girl. Now who would win her? After a series of happenings this completely comes apart. There will be a lots of secrets being revealed in the next twenty years...eventually gripping the reunion of the trio when they are all forty years old. The story will leave no part unturned and the plot thickens until the very end. Now, this is where I say you must pick up "Tumbleweeds" to see how this all comes together.

    The characters are all simply good and memorable....really adding passion, friendship and love to the dialogue and the importance of football in the small town of Kersey. This story will have one characters' life that leads to football, another to become a priest and the other to work in a diner. Even the dog importance was displayed...Rufus. In "Tumbleweeds" many decades of life's will be revealed in this good read.


    If you are in for a good read full of mystery and suspense... you have come to the right place. I recommend you pick up "Tumbleweeds" for a good read where you will find love, friendship, football, betrayal, secrets, murder, religion, sorrow, compassion misunderstandings and even forgiveness.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Excellent...best I've read in a long time! Highly recommend aut

    Excellent...best I've read in a long time! Highly recommend author's other book Roses...excellent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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