Stephanie Hammer's debut novel takes you to the eastern United States where strange characters converge to revitalize a small town and discover its history. Henry Holbein, the main player, is a simple man with a unique perspective that accidentally brings objects to life and inspires value within a community.
|Publisher:||Urban Farmhouse Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
From unlikely friends (an heir to a hotel empire and a sensuous monk) to unlikely persons (a Friedrich Schiller salt shaker and a monkey with trenchant insight), Hammer’s book is a generous gift of narrative, prose, poetry, and wisdom. It is savory with fun and peppered with poignant moments (not to mention Wolfgang von Goethe). Puppet Turners will take you on a journey with Henry Holbein and friends as they discover the strange and magical town of Narrow Interior with its profound, mystical history. I’ve heard that reading should be more fun than work. Hammer, to be sure, has given us plenty of fun in this novel packed with humor and adventure. And her writing is energetic and playful. But Hammer does not stop there. She takes on weighty issues like identity, religion/spirituality, and collective social action, and transforms each of them into something approachable for discussion and contemplation. This is an amazing novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Stephanie Barbe Hammer's novel is the kind of work of genius that could be written only by a master poet. It is narrative and surreal and beautiful. You'll find yourself growing quickly attached to Henry and Quirk and losing yourself. However, it's also cerebral, and for me half the fun was the way in which she was playing with form and skipping between narratives. Hammer is one of the greats, and this is a definite must read.
No one has a voice – page turning, gutsy, heartfelt - quite like Stephanie Barbé Hammer. And it’s never been better showcased than in “The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior.” The story is as strong and as genuine as the writing – but for this reader, the characters of this novel are what catapults it from a five-star excellent rating to one that will stay with readers for life. We first fall in love with Henry Holbein as a boy and Hammer allows the gift of his perspective to weave us through this unique family tale. But he’s just one of many endearing and fully realized characters (like Quirk, Mr. Olson, Oma, Sean, Monkey King, Octopus tattoo – gawd they're so great). It’s all – the characters and story and, yes, even the German author salt and pepper shakers – grounded in a very real, believably magical, world. Be certain to add this book to your forever library, you will read and reread and reread and reread.