Waking Kate [NOOK Book]

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From Sarah Addison Allen, the beloved author of Garden Spells, comes Waking Kate, a story about a woman who soon will face an unforeseen change in her life. One sticky summer day as Kate is waiting for her husband to come home from his bicycle shop, she spots her distinguished neighbor returning from his last day of work after eighty-six years at Atlanta’s oldest men’s clothing store. Over a cup of butter coffee, he tells Kate a story of love and heartbreak that makes her remember her past, ...
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Waking Kate

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Overview


From Sarah Addison Allen, the beloved author of Garden Spells, comes Waking Kate, a story about a woman who soon will face an unforeseen change in her life. One sticky summer day as Kate is waiting for her husband to come home from his bicycle shop, she spots her distinguished neighbor returning from his last day of work after eighty-six years at Atlanta’s oldest men’s clothing store. Over a cup of butter coffee, he tells Kate a story of love and heartbreak that makes her remember her past, question her present, and wonder what the future will bring.    
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466850491
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 15
  • Sales rank: 1,530
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sarah Addison Allen

SARAH ADDISON ALLEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and The Peach Keeper. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.

Biography

North Carolina novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction -- a captivating blend of fairy tale magic, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility.

Born and raised in Asheville, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journalist father for the former and her mother, a fabulous cook, for the latter). In college, she majored in literature -- because, as she puts it, "I thought it was amazing that I could get a diploma just for reading fiction. It was like being able to major in eating chocolate."

After graduation in 1994, Allen began writing seriously. She sold a few stories and penned romances for Harlequin under the pen name Katie Gallagher; but her big break occurred in 2007 with the publication of her first mainstream novel, Garden Spells, a modern-day fairy tale about an enchanted apple tree and the family of North Carolina women who tend it. Booklist called Allen's accomplished debut "spellbindingly charming," and the novel became a BookSense pick and a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection.

Since then, Allen has continued to serve heaping helpings of the fantastic and the familiar in fiction she describes as "Southern-fried magic realism." Clearly, it's a recipe readers are happy to eat up as fast as she can dish it out.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Allen:

"I love food. The comforting and sensual nature of food always seems to find its way into what I write. Garden Spells involves edible flowers. My book out in 2008 involves southern and rural candies. Book three, barbeque. But, you know what? I'm a horrible cook."

"In college I worked for a catalog company, taking orders over the phone. Occasionally celebrities would call in their own orders. My brush with celebrity? I took Bob Barker's order."

"I was a Star Wars fanatic when I was a kid. I have the closet full of memorabilia to prove it -- action figures, trading cards, comic books, notebooks with ‘Mrs. Mark Hamill' written all over the pages. I can't believe I just admitted that."

"While I was writing this, a hummingbird came to check out the trumpet vine outside my open window. I stopped typing and sat very still, mesmerized, my hands frozen on the keys, until it flew away. I looked back to my computer and ten minutes had passed in a flash."

"I love being a writer."

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Book trailer

    Ten page back story leading to a sneak peek of yet another lovely novel by Ms. Allen. I own all of her previous novels, and reread them annually. I am envious of readers who are finding her books for the first time! You are in for a treat.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

    The story was way too short and ended abruptly. I found out (to

    The story was way too short and ended abruptly. I found out (too late) that this is a prequel to her next book.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Magical Novella for Upcoming Lost Lake!

    Wow, I am so glad I found Sarah Addison Allen thru an ad on Goodreads- about her new upcoming January 2014 release “Lost Lake”. I then found her new novella “Waking Kate”, as this was my first book by Sarah ---she had me hooked on the first page and has been added to my favorite author list.
    Cannot believe, as an avid reader had not heard of her nor read any of her books, especially since she is a NC writer (a native). I later moved to Atlanta (Buckhead), and now reside in West Palm Beach, FL; however, NC is true to my heart and love NC writers.

    This short e-book was powerful – amazing writing!! Love her writing style---Waking Kate was so moving, and the excerpt for Lost Lake was magical! I so look forward to January and will pre-order Lost Lake, as well as adding all her books to my read and buy list.

    Isn’t it thrilling to find a new author and dive into their work? I would urge readers to view the author’s website and watch the video about her upcoming Lost Lake (Georgia, another state true to my heart where I spent most of my career), as was very moving – based on fact author has not written in a while due to breast cancer, and the inspiration of one door closing to something new and bright.

    Seamless combining the past with the present in Waking Kate. What a special treat – the e-book novella is free; however, I would definitely buy! Cannot wait to enter Lost Lake (it is already reminding me of Big Canoe, GA where I lived for a year in a log cabin, which was a little heaven on earth)---Highly Recommend Waking Kate and Lost Lake!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Started reading "Waking Kate" and couldn't put it down. It is a intro into Lost Lake. Loved them both!!! Sarah Addison Allen is a wonderful artist. Her books are clean, interesting and a delight to read. Once you pick up her books, you simply can't put them down! Thank you Sarah!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Yo

    not too shabby.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Not for me

    Story was ok but you have to read the next book to make any sense of it. Insight into charcters from another book? Not for me. Only 32 pages

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    B&N said I bought book (LOL)  it was only 32 pages!  What a

    B&N said I bought book (LOL)  it was only 32 pages!  What a rip-off!  I liked the book for the first 32 pages but I can't tell any thing more then that - the rest of the book was missing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Conversations over butter coffee 4 Stars I found this free sh

    Conversations over butter coffee

    4 Stars

    I found this free short story on Amazon and decided to read it prior to reading Lost Lake. The story is very short, 38 pages according to Amazon. The majority of the kindle book is a excerpt from Lost Lake.

    In this short story we meet Kate and learn a bit about her marriage. She is intrigued by a TV news report she sees and believes that the elderly man looks familiar. She is surprised to find that man walking down her street and introduces herself to Mr. Donbeet. They have a conversation over a cup of butter coffee before Kate returns home.

    I loved the writing in this story and it made me eager to read Lost Lake. I believe that this short story gives some insight to Kate's character but it is not necessary to read this piece to enjoy Lost Lake.

    I would recommend this short story to anyone planning to read Lost Lake. I would also recommend this to anyone who is thinking about reading some of Sarah Addison Allen's work. It is a nice example of her style of writing. I have already read Lost Lake and plan to read additional titles by this wonderful author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Good opening to Lost Lake!

    This free book had a good opening to Lost Lake! I look forward to reading Lost Lake when it's released in January.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Bad

    Not worth reading

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Not sure

    Strange and confusing

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Waking Kate

    A short story introducing us to the characters in the author's next release Lost Lake. I enjoyed the introduction!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Can't complain about a free book. This is very short,ended with

    Can't complain about a free book. This is very short,ended with no explanation or reason. I love Sarah Addison Allen's books; this snippet was just annoying tho.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    Nice introduction into Lost Lake

    A sweet short story that gives nice foreshadowing as well as a wonderful side story with insight into Kate and Devin's personalities. Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Da

    Short but sweet. The author is wonderful at describing. And this story makes you think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    ?

    I didnt really get it, was there more?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    nope

    don't waste your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    Read hereeee

    Havent read this book yet but if you want more love murder mystery then read this book : the enemy we know !!!! Great book (:

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Wish it was longer

    I so wish this book was longer. I was just getting into the story when it ended. But it was enjoyable even if it was short.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    3 stars

    I enjoyed this one.

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