Monday, September 24, 2012

Don't Let Me Go Book Review

Another fantastic book by a wonderful author! I literally read this book in one sitting and I guess it was a blessing that I had a bout of insomnia last week so I could do so. I had a lot of trouble imagining putting this book down even to go to the bathroom so I just didn't.
I have been acquainted with this author's work for a long time having read some of her previous books and it was great to see that she has kept up the amazing quality of her tales and maintained also that wonderfully human side to things that just doesn't really exist in very many places.
I loved the fact that an unlikely "community" of people banded together to help one child. It was a heartwarming tale and one that I would like to think could possibly exist in this world. The characters were complex and you really got to know them and feel for them as they all had their trials and troubles.
I can't wait for the next book of Catherine's and feel so blessed to have been able to enjoy her talent once again.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 18 published and forthcoming books.
Her newest releases are When You Were Older,  Don’t Let Me GoJumpstart the World , When I Found You and Second Hand Heart. Forthcoming is Walk Me Home (Transworld UK, Spring 2012). 

Other newer novels are Becoming ChloeLove in the Present TenseThe Year of My Miraculous ReappearanceChasing Windmills  The Day I Killed James, and Diary of a Witness
Both Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List.  Jumpstart the World was chosen as a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards, received a third place Rainbow Award for Young Adult/Coming of Age Fiction and a tie for first place in Bisexual/Transgender Fiction. Love in the Present Tense enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the national bestseller list, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year Award at the British Book Awards.

Older works include the story collection Earthquake Weather, and the novels Funerals for HorsesPay it ForwardElectric God, and Walter’s Purple Heart

Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries.  The mass market paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller.  It is still in print, and was rereleased in a trade paperback edition in April of 2010.

More than 50 of her short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Sun and many other journals, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories  and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog is my Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O'Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize.  Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.

She is founder and former president (2000-2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.

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