by Kim White

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BN ID: 2940149808076
Publisher: Story Machine Studio
Publication date: 06/21/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 180 KB

About the Author

Kim White is the author of a collection of prose poems, Scratching for Something, and the novel The White Oak: Imperfect Darkness, Book One. She is currently working on Sword of Souls: Imperfect Darkness, Book Two, and a collection of short stories. She holds MFAs in creative writing from Columbia University (fiction) and Hunter College (poetry). She lives with her family in New York.

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Diurnal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kim White's taut novella tells the story of two generations of tough, interesting women grappling with terrible events that have happened and preparing to deal with whatever will happen next. The epiphany at the end of the tale has real staying power. (And the cover brilliantly captures the narrative's elegaic mood....)
Psyche1956 More than 1 year ago
This is a well-written and very moving book, and while I won’t give away the ending, I’ll just say that there is suffering here, but the author finds meaning in it in the end. I like the way she uses overlapping imagery of the dying process. It feels natural to me, never forced. She’s very realistic about what unresolved mourning can do to a relationship. And she gets psychological nuance;  there’s nothing simplistic or pollyannish here. You can see the faults of the protagonist, but at the same time you can identify with her, and with her husband.  I’m not sure if she realizes it, but the author hits on some alchemical themes: how transformation, turning lead into gold, or in this case turning silver ignots into jewelry,  does or does not take place.  She talks about how mourning “skims off our dross,” the same way that alchemists would use fire to burn off impurities.  The prose is easy to read, but the emotional content is not something that you can take lightly. I read it twice and enjoyed it both times. 
bn48197 More than 1 year ago
Diurnal by Kim White is an excellent read. The characters are interesting and well fleshed out. The plot takes several unexpected turns which keep the reader riveted, until the end From the first page the feelings of sadness experienced by the characters if palpable. The story is multi-layered and worth every minute the reader spends with it.