Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Gem of a Book

I got very lucky. When she released "The Heart is Not a Size" earlier this year, National Book Award nominee Beth Kephart held a contest, with the winners receiving a copy of her book. I was thrilled to be one of the winners of my dear blog friend's newest release.

I adore Beth ... her blog posts are always interesting, enchanting, and thoughtful; and she strikes me as being gracious and warm, funny and brilliant. I am always drawn in by the way she describes scenes and people and situations.

"The Heart Is Not a Size" was no exception.

As I read this beautiful story, I was awestruck by the poetic nature of Beth's writing. I was constantly marveling at her descriptions. I couldn't help pausing on numerous occasions, thinking to myself, "how in the world did she come up with that way to say it?!" Such as one scene where the main characters exit a stable, and she writes, "When we reached that place where the shadows were intersected by the sun...". It doesn't feel forced, as if she's trying to impress the reader ... it feels perfectly effortless and elegant ... just like Beth herself.

Today, Beth celebrates the release of her 12th book (WOW!!), "Dangerous Neighbors". Stop by her blog at Beth Kephart Books to celebrate with her. Congratulations, Beth!


Beth Kephart said...

Oh, Kelly H-Y. What a very beautiful way to end this day of soft, continuing rain and kindness. I often wish that I could write and think in different ways. I think my writing really just is a reflection of how I see the world.

I'm glad you're in it.


Priya said...

I loved this book... Beth's writing is the best. :)

Cheeseboy said...

I have not heard of her, but it sounds like something my wife might like. I'll tell her of her books.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Ooh, that looks really good. I'm not familiar with her. Thanks for the introduction!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Congratulations on winning Beth's book. It's always a strange feeling when you win something from a friend. I'll hop over and check Beth out. :)

Have a wonderful week and be kind to yourself!!!

Suzanne Casamento said...

Wow. Beth's writing sounds brilliant. I will have to check out her work. Thanks for the heads up!

Kelly Polark said...

Congrats on the book win!
I haven't read her books yet, will check them out!

Hilary said...

Congrats to Beth. You're a good friend to help promote her work.

Julia said...

Beth's books are always the best, a slow sort of journey.