Rain Village

Rain Village

by Carolyn Turgeon

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ISBN-13: 9781609530266
Publisher: Unbridled Books
Publication date: 11/01/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,068,027
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Carolyn Turgeon studied English and Italian literature at Penn State and received a Master’s in Comparative Literature from UCLA. This is her first novel. She lives in New York.

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Rain Village 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Laura.S on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Carolyn Turgeon's novel tugged at my heart strings. It was an emotional roller coaster that caught my attention from the very beginning. Turgeon's use of narrative with a hint of magical imagination, along with a willingness to believe the unbelievable, created a world of wonder for the reader. In fact, the sadness of the novel is paired quite eloquently with the naivete to want to believe in magic and places that take there.
nycbookgirl on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Tessa Riley is a young girl growing up on her family's farm in Oakley, Kansas. She has a brother, sister, and parents. But she's no ordinary girl. She's only four feet tall. She is relentlessly teased by the community because of her height. Her family are very straight laced farmers who's sole concern is maintaining the farm...to the extent that the children are discouraged from learning (they can't even read) to work on the farm. Tessa is too small for most farm work so she is told to hang from a curtain rod to try and stretch herself so she gets bigger. Her mom is distant and unloving and her father is abusive.Enter the glamorous new town librarian, Mary. (First time I've hear that in a book.) Mary takes Tessa under her wing, teaches her to read, lets her work in the library, tells her wonderful stories, and opens the world up for Tessa. Mary also used to be a star in the circus before she left under mysterious circumstances. So when tragedy strikes, Tessa takes off to find the circus, become a star herself, and start a new life.I loved it. It's one of those books where the characters really stick with you. Tiny Tessa is just an interesting character. She's such a small person with huge dreams. And Mary is this glamorous lovable character. I also loved that the story is pretty timeless. It could have happened anytime between the turn of the 20th Century and now. I'm assuming it takes place sometime during the 1920s-1930s. It's one of those great bittersweet stories.I do see how Carolyn is evolving as a writer though. While great writing the beginning and end could be a tad bit shorter. If you aren't feeling the story, keep with it until she leaves to join the circus. I just loved watching her character evolve and grow.
pheelya on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A great coming of age tale. Tessa Riley is a tiny 12 year who's unsure of herself due to being mocked by her family and those in her town. Because of her size her family thinks she is useless to help in any way. Her mother is also embaressed by her size and wants her to hang and stretch herself in the hopes of stretching to a normal size. Tessa feels all alone in the world. Then one day Tessa meets Mary Finn, the town librarian - sexy and alluring. Mary befriends Tessa. Mary teaches Tessa how to read, tells Tessa all about her home, Rain Villiage, and teaches her how to flying with the trapeze. Tessa soon becomes enthralled with the idea of the circus and that there could possibly something for her outside of her abusive father and bible thumping mother.Then one day, when Tessa was 16, Mary committed suiced and Tessa felt all alone again. Till the Velasquez Circus comes around and Tessa takes off. Tessa finds acceptance, happiness and love when she joins the Velasquez Circus, but Mary's death leave a hole in her soul. Then one day a mysterious man comes to the circus looking for her and any information that she has on Mary, who turns out is the man's aunt. Tessa finds herself drawn to this man through the connection to Mary and soon they are heading to Ran Village where Tessa hopes to find answers once and for all about Mary, but ends up really finding herself.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Oakley, Kansas, tiny twelve years old Tessa Riley is so small she is unable to help her parents or her three normal siblings with the farm. In fact her mother insists that Tessa do one job, stretching exercises so that she would grow to a normal size and no longer be a freak. Tessa feels all alone as everyone in the community and her family following the leads of her abusive father and bible quoting mother treat her like a pathetic sideshow reject.---------- The new librarian Mary Finn has all the townsfolk hopping as she enchantsthe men with her beauty and the women with envy. Mary especially takes a liking to diminutive Tessa telling her tales from her days as the flying Marionetta with the Velasquez Circus. She teaches the child to read and tells her enchanting tales about the residents of Rain Village. Tessa uses the stories to hide her hurt from the scorn of all (except Mary who encourages her) and the sexual assaults of her father. When Mary apparently commits suicide, a distraught now sixteen years old Tessa flees to Kansas City where she joins the circus and marries flyer Mauro Ramirez until her late mentor¿s nephew Costas arrives and tells her he is going to Rain Village.--------------- Though the ending is unwisely rushed, RAIN VILLAGE has a Brigadoon like feel to the wonderful historical tale. Tessa may be short, but she holds the coming of age tale together as she is a fully developed character whether she is preadolescent, teenager, or adult. Mary is more mystical in nature (like her village and the circus) adding to the overall enchantment. Carolyn Turgeon provides a fine early twentieth century character study that brings out a more isolated era.----------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rain Village is first a story about loss and longing and second about living a life in the circus. Turgeon has a gentle yet powerful style of writing that catches and holds you suspended from word to word. At times, the secondary characters of Mary and Lollie felt more developed than that of central character Tessa, manifesting itself in confusing emotional outbursts and seemingly uncharacteristic decisions. The story, broken down into three parts, is rich with beautiful scenes of aerial-training and haunting backdrops. When you finish the last page you will may find you were holding your breath throughout it all.
patTX More than 1 year ago
But, the story did not hold true to the setting for the story. I am from Kansas and have friends from Oakley. Why was it important to dwell on this town. And she walked from Oakley to Kansas City. Do you know how many miles the character would have walked? Kansas City had a sweat-shop factory? These locations are real, but the story had holes that need to be filled in for the reader. There needs to be more research. The book left me wanting!!!