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A Publishers Weekly Top Book of the Year
INDIEFAB Editor's Choice Award for Fiction Book of the Year
"lyrical, evocative" and "sensuous"..."A tribute to magical realism and the transforming power of fiction." -Publishers Weekly , starred review
"Compelling...beautiful...and gripping..." -Huffington Post
"5 out of 5 STARS!" -Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The prose is lyrical, the detail sumptuous, the story is humorous and heartbreaking, gorgeous and flirting with the line between magic and realism. It's a story that explores the innate power of literature: to connect, to heal, to transform."
-Foreword Reviews editor, Allyce Amidon, in her remarks at the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards at the American Library Association Conference (June 2015)
OUT THERE is the story of a young Army veteran (Jefferson Long Soldier) who returns home safely to New Mexico after two tours of duty in Iraq convinced that the book he carried with him ( One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez) saved his life. But when he can't find a way to escape the dark memories of war, he borrows his cousin's motorcycle and rides south across the border to Mexico in search of the famous writer behind the magic of the life-saving classic novel. The adventure that follows is a heart-warming journey of healing and self-discovery.
|Publisher:||Leaf Storm Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Sarah Stark is a former policy analyst who wrote about international security issues, including nuclear non-proliferation and peacekeeping. For the last fourteen years she has made her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she currently teaches literature and creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). Her first novel Out There is Winner of Foreword’s Book of the Year Awards INDIEFAB 2014 Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Okay, I have to say that I loved this book! I loved the way Sarah Stark took us on a journey of a very serious issue and did it in such a fashion that there was no way you were going to stop reading as you have to continue with Jefferson! This book gets 5 wonderful stars from me. I sure hope to read more by Sarah again soon! Jefferson Long Soldier is an Iraq war vet that is trying to learn how to readjust to civilian life. Not an easy feat at all! No one can help him with his terrible sense of the losses he feels. He has his own internal battles to fight. Sometimes it takes a new mission to help that along. Jefferson carried the novel ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’, with him all through his tour. It saved his life and now that he is home he is hoping it can save him again. He sets out on a mission to find the author of his favorite novel, and along with it the peace he is needing. Please do yourself a favor and read this book!!! You will not regret it! This is going on my favorites list as soon as I can update it. Thank you very much Sarah Stark and I hope to read more from you soon!!!
Out There by Sarah Stark is an absolutely beautifully written story. The reader follows Jefferson Long Soldier, home from Iraq as he attempts to return to a life of normalcy. Yet, when life outside of war becomes too much, Jefferson sets out on a journey through Mexico in hopes of finding the author of the book he believes saved his life. Out There, is just what writing should be. Not my normal read, I found Out There to be writing at its absolute best. Poetic, descriptive and at times haunting Stark gives the reader so much with her use of words, symbolism and detail. The beginning of the story starts out slow and the writing style was an adjustment for me personally. At times it is quick paced and the back and forth between past and present did get confusing for a second, but it never ever took away from the story and I was able to catch on very quickly. I found Jefferson’s journey heartbreaking, yet so inspiring. Home from Iraq and unable to adjust gives the reader an element of what so many of our men and women face when home from war. You can’t help but feel completely torn for them. They not only risk their lives, but so many risk their minds, and return home different people that even doctors push to the side and just write off as another veteran, like in Jefferson’s situation. His journey to locate Gabriel Garcia Marquez is inspiring. While on the road there are these moments that Jefferson is faced with, and each one helps in his healing one by one. Human connection, memories, finding light in the darkest moments, discovering our true selves these moments and situations define us. These instances make us human and in moments like these Jefferson found his healing and it was so beautiful to read both the story and the author’s actual words. Everything throughout Jefferson’s journey starts to tie together and in these moments Jefferson begins to learn about himself and his ability to heal and find purpose in his life. It’s the experiences we face in life that make us who were are. Sarah Stark’s Out There was completely captivating and unforgettable.
I enjoyed this book. When it was billed as a new Catcher in the Rye, I knew I had to read it. I am not sure I agree with that assessment, although I do think it is an excellent coming-of-age, find-yourself-out-there story. I think it is timely in that the main character is a war veteran; for my generation, that is a pain we all have to bear, combat or not, so that made the character more real and his struggles more intense and emotional for me. No spoilers here – I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the way the book was written. It was easy to read, and it kept my attention. As long as you aren’t disturbed by reading about things related to war and what war can do to a person, I definitely recommend this book. As a psychologist, I personally would not recommend this to someone that has been in combat, especially if they were experiencing active PTSD symptoms, as some of the story could hit too close to home. And yes, I found the writing to be that intense at times.
A great story, and a wonderful tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Really enjoyed it.