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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (708 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Haven Kimmel Narrator: Haven Kimmel Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Brilliant, unconventional college senior Trace Pennington has eked out an impoverished, solitary, but highly functional existence in the years since she ran away from her abusive home. But when Trace finds love with a much older man, her life is upended and she is forced to face herself and her past. After recovering a horrific, long-suppressed memory, she discovers that much of her present-day life is a carefully constructed delusion. With equal parts genius and psychosis, Trace copes with the fallout from a brutal, bizarre childhood in a heart-stopping story that explores both the terror and wonder of mental illness. 

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  • “Kimmel offers a beautifully wrought portrait of the brilliant and psychotic Trace Pennington…Kimmel skillfully weaves together Trace’s lucid moments and her diminishing sanity, providing a full picture of a troubled woman whose identity, past, and present are repeatedly called into question.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Disturbing and haunting, Kimmel’s latest novel builds slowly and ominously, ratcheting up the suspense right up to the final page and captivating the reader with Trace’s frightening downward spiral.”

    Booklist

  • “[Kimmel] has crafted a dark and complex tale of dual personalities…The novel remains grounded in its striking prose, its unique portrayal of mental illness, and, most important, its captivating main character, Trace Pennington.”

    Bookmarks magazine

  • “Haven Kimmel not only writes like an angel, she has a gorgeous warm voice and skills any actor would envy. I can’t imagine a better narrator to present Trace’s searching, terrible confusion, her incantatory understanding of the world, and the utterly harrowing truth about her past. Stunning work in every way.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alex Templeton | 2/19/2014

    " I really love Haven Kimmel's work. Her two memoirs about growing up in small town Indiana are fantastic. Her novels are all intriguing and written by a clearly intellectual writer. My one complaint is that I don't always get them. That was especially true of this story, which portrayed the mental breakdown of its protagonist through a number of mythological archetypes that I am unfamiliar with. Normally I'd get irritated: "why should the reader have to do all this bloody work?!", but I also get the sense that Kimmel knows what she's doing, and if she wants to write a book that only those who have taken religion/psychology/mythology classes will get 100%, more power to her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shirley | 2/18/2014

    " Very disturbing book. I am sure there are many who have experienced this as reality living....so sad to think even one person has. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Aubrie | 1/26/2014

    " I read about 1/4 of this book before I gave up. It was all a bit much for me, read more like a psychology text then a novel. Maybe I'll pick it up again at some point in the future when I'm in the necessary frame of mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brent Bill | 12/28/2013

    " This book is amazing (and I'm not just saying it because Haven's my friend). It's deep and profound at so many levels. I love the story, the writing, and the exploration of great themes. I highly recommend it. "

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About the Author
Author Haven Kimmel

Haven Kimmel is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Girl Named Zippy, She Got Up Off the Couch, and Something Rising (Light and Swift). She studied English and creative writing at Ball State University and North Carolina State University and attended seminary at the Earlham School of Religion. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.