Third Willow

[Epub] ➤ Third Willow  ➥ Lenore Skomal – Jackkellyfilm.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 290 pages
  • Third Willow
  • Lenore Skomal
  • English
  • 18 September 2017
  • 1478192496

About the Author: Lenore Skomal

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Third Willow Third Willow Is Lenore Skomal S Classic, Heart Wrenching Coming Of Age Novel, Ostensibly Written For Young People But Better Appreciated By Adults In The Apex Of The Wooded Matriarch Is Where He Felt It His Oneness With The Willow The Branches Fluttered With His Weight, As He Fused Into Them He Moved As It Moved And Vice Versa, In A Synergistic Dance An Extension Of The Lumbering Mammoth And It Of Him, Connected In Some Unfathomable Way It S The Summer Of In The Sleepy Midwestern Town Of Sand Flats, Nebraska Four Lonely Misfits Forge An Unlikely Friendship Under The Draping Branches Of The Third Willow A Safe Place Where Humor, Magic And Sorrow Coexist There They Discover That Best Friends Can Ease The Pressures From The Adult World That Threaten To Steal Their Innocence Ringleader Hap A Poor Man S Peter Pan Is Unwilling To Let The Abuse Of His Alcoholic Father Taint His Boyish Optimism While He Secretly Searches For His Missing Mother Obsessed With His Indian Roots, He Constructs A Carefree World On The Outskirts Of Town As The New Kid In Sand Flats, Tomboy Patsy Joins Him, Eager To Escape Her Father S Iron Rule And The Pain Afflicting Her Wounded Brother, A Korean War Veteran Together, Hap And Patsy Befriend Timid Beah, Who Struggles To Earn The Love Of Her Cold Mother Following The Death Of Her Only Brother It Takes Levelheaded Raz, The Eldest Of The Only Jewish Family In Town, To Be The Conscience Of The Group Told Through Their Eyes, This Is A Tale Of A Summer Of Unbridled Adventure, Which Ends Unexpectedly And Abruptly Forces Them All Into Adulthood As Tender As It Is Intense, Third Willow Will Transport You To The Last Summer Of Your Innocence

10 thoughts on “Third Willow

  1. says:

    Brimming with the exuberance of childhood s waning years and poised on the threshhold of teenage turmoil, Third Willow rings true to life The innocence of childhood intermingles with gut wrenching realities of life, even life in the 50s Third Willow took me back to my own childhood in the 50s the lingo, the decore, the s, the mood I could feel the foursome s eagerness to be strong, powerful and independent along with the underlying fears that some things are too big to face alone Brimming with the exuberance of childhood s waning years and poised on the threshhold of teenage turmoil, Third Willow rings true to life The innocence of childhood intermingles with gut wrenching realities of life, even life in the 50s Third Willow took me back to my own childhood in the 50s the lingo, the decore, the s, the mood I could feel the foursome s eagerness to be strong, powerful and independent along with the underlying fears that some things are too big to face alone Skomal s profound talent pulls on your heart strings while she tugs you down deep into the lives and minds of her characters Hap and Patsy, Beah and Raz you quickly come to care about them You root for them to make it through this life passage and rise to the challenges ahead You hope they surface again in a new chapter of their lives hopefully soon in a sequel I heartily recommend Third Willow no matter when you were born

  2. says:

    For those who remember the angst of pre pubescence, Third Willow, will have a familiar feel The confusion of crossing that threshold from child to young adult is respectfully and sensitively portrayed through the hearts and minds of four young friends Hap, Patsy, Beah, and Raz These wise beyond their years preteens spend the summer of 1954 hanging out as much as possible, away from their parents strongholds, on the outskirts of a rural Nebraska town They grow up in a hurry as they wrestle For those who remember the angst of pre pubescence, Third Willow, will have a familiar feel The confusion of crossing that threshold from child to young adult is respectfully and sensitively portrayed through the hearts and minds of four young friends Hap, Patsy, Beah, and Raz These wise beyond their years preteens spend the summer of 1954 hanging out as much as possible, away from their parents strongholds, on the outskirts of a rural Nebraska town They grow up in a hurry as they wrestle with the adult problems affecting each of their lives Lenore Skomal s novel tackles heavy topics with honesty as the children grapple with complicated issues such as religious conviction, sexuality, prejudice, divorce, domestic violence, the effects of war, truth, loyalty and self esteem universal themes as relevant today as they were some 60 years ago There arequestions than answers posed in this book, superbly crafted by Skomal, leaving room for readers to apply their own experiences and to formulate just as the children must their own opinions

  3. says:

    This is a wonderful read for adults as well as young adults The characters 4 misfit kids in a small Nebraska town spend a summer in the early 50 s getting to know one another, embracing their differences, giving each other courage to face life s challenges and growing It s poignant and beautiful Regardless of age, readers will love these characters The story unfolds beautifully moving from childhood pursuits to children having to face very adult issues The author hits a very authentic This is a wonderful read for adults as well as young adults The characters 4 misfit kids in a small Nebraska town spend a summer in the early 50 s getting to know one another, embracing their differences, giving each other courage to face life s challenges and growing It s poignant and beautiful Regardless of age, readers will love these characters The story unfolds beautifully moving from childhood pursuits to children having to face very adult issues The author hits a very authentic note through it all I am still thinking about the four kids and how things may have gone for them after the end of the book Read it

  4. says:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Reviewed on behalf of Awesome Indies.2.5 out of 5 Stars rounded up to 3 ABOUT THE BOOK Third Willow is a heart wrenching coming of age novel, ostensibly written for young people but better appreciated by adults It s the summer of 54 in the sleepy mid western town of Sand Flats, Nebraska Four lonely misfits forge an unlikely friendship under the draping branches of the third willow a safe place where humor, magic and sorrow I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Reviewed on behalf of Awesome Indies.2.5 out of 5 Stars rounded up to 3 ABOUT THE BOOK Third Willow is a heart wrenching coming of age novel, ostensibly written for young people but better appreciated by adults It s the summer of 54 in the sleepy mid western town of Sand Flats, Nebraska Four lonely misfits forge an unlikely friendship under the draping branches of the third willow a safe place where humor, magic and sorrow coexist There they discover that best friends can ease the pressures from the adult world that threaten to steal their innocence Ringleader Hap a poor man s Peter Pan is unwilling to let the abuse of his alcoholic father taint his boyish optimism while he secretly searches for his missing mother Obsessed with his Indian roots, he constructs a carefree world on the outskirts of town As the new kid in Sand Flats, tomboy Patsy joins him, eager to escape her father s iron rule and the pain afflicting her wounded brother, a Korean War veteran Together, Hap and Patsy befriend timid Beah, who struggles to earn the love of her cold mother following the death of her only brother It takes level headed Raz, the eldest of the only Jewish family in town, to be the conscience of the group Told through their eyes, this is a tale of a summer of unbridled adventure, which ends unexpectedly and abruptly forces them all into adulthood As tender as it is intense, Third Willow will transport you to the last summer of your innocence MY THOUGHTS The premise of the book is a good one, unfortunately it gets lost somewhere in the execution I read to 50% before I stopped reading As a prolific reader it is a rarity for me to not finish a book.THE STRUCTURE The character development and plot pace are very slow in coming, and by 50% of the way through I hadn t seen anything significant develop The author has taken all this time to show us the children playing games together, and to introduce the characters Despite this being so long and drawn out, I still don t feel connected with any of the protagonists They are just cardboard cut outs, words on a page The prose is clumsy and needs work to tidy it up and smooth it out On numerous occasions the writing changes from past to present and back to past tense, without any discernible reason for doing so The proof reading and editing need revisiting, and the prose needs work to move it from amateurish to professional.SUMMARY Whilst there are a few nice phrases, on the whole the prose is poor I didn t finish the book, and only made it to 50% This was due to poor plot, pacing and prose If the author tidied up the manuscript, and cut off a lot of the excess baggage, this could shape up into a good read Due to the issues mentioned, I feel I can only offer 2.5 out of 5 stars for this book, which I shall round up to 3 stars

  5. says:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Reviewed on behalf of Awesome Indies.2.5 out of 5 Stars rounded up to 3 ABOUT THE BOOK Third Willow is a heart wrenching coming of age novel, ostensibly written for young people but better appreciated by adults It s the summer of 54 in the sleepy mid western town of Sand Flats, Nebraska Four lonely misfits forge an unlikely friendship under the draping branches of the third willow a safe place where humor, magic and sorrow I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Reviewed on behalf of Awesome Indies.2.5 out of 5 Stars rounded up to 3 ABOUT THE BOOK Third Willow is a heart wrenching coming of age novel, ostensibly written for young people but better appreciated by adults It s the summer of 54 in the sleepy mid western town of Sand Flats, Nebraska Four lonely misfits forge an unlikely friendship under the draping branches of the third willow a safe place where humor, magic and sorrow coexist There they discover that best friends can ease the pressures from the adult world that threaten to steal their innocence Ringleader Hap a poor man s Peter Pan is unwilling to let the abuse of his alcoholic father taint his boyish optimism while he secretly searches for his missing mother Obsessed with his Indian roots, he constructs a carefree world on the outskirts of town As the new kid in Sand Flats, tomboy Patsy joins him, eager to escape her father s iron rule and the pain afflicting her wounded brother, a Korean War veteran Together, Hap and Patsy befriend timid Beah, who struggles to earn the love of her cold mother following the death of her only brother It takes level headed Raz, the eldest of the only Jewish family in town, to be the conscience of the group Told through their eyes, this is a tale of a summer of unbridled adventure, which ends unexpectedly and abruptly forces them all into adulthood As tender as it is intense, Third Willow will transport you to the last summer of your innocence MY THOUGHTS The premise of the book is a good one, unfortunately it gets lost somewhere in the execution I read to 50% before I stopped reading As a prolific reader it is a rarity for me to not finish a book THE STRUCTURE The character development and plot pace are very slow in coming, and by 50% of the way through I hadn t seen anything significant develop The author has taken all this time to show us the children playing games together, and to introduce the characters Despite this being so long and drawn out, I still don t feel connected with any of the protagonists They are just cardboard cut outs, words on a page The prose is clumsy and needs work to tidy it up and smooth it out On numerous occasions the writing changes from past to present and back to past tense, without any discernible reason for doing so The proof reading and editing need revisiting, and the prose needs work to move it from amateurish to professional SUMMARY Whilst there are a few nice phrases, on the whole the prose is poor I didn t finish the book, and only made it to 50% This was due to poor plot, pacing and prose If the author tidied up the manuscript, and cut off a lot of the excess baggage, this could shape up into a good read Due to the issues mentioned, I feel I can only offer 2.5 out of 5 stars for this book, which I shall round up to 3 stars

  6. says:

    Third Willow is a heart wrenching coming of age novel, ostensibly written for young people but better appreciated by adults It s the summer of 54 in the sleepy mid western town of Sand Flats, Nebraska Four lonely misfits forge an unlikely friendship under the draping branches of the third willow a safe place where humor, magic and sorrow coexist There they discover that best friends can ease the pressures from the adult world that threaten to steal their innocence Ringleader Hap a poor man Third Willow is a heart wrenching coming of age novel, ostensibly written for young people but better appreciated by adults It s the summer of 54 in the sleepy mid western town of Sand Flats, Nebraska Four lonely misfits forge an unlikely friendship under the draping branches of the third willow a safe place where humor, magic and sorrow coexist There they discover that best friends can ease the pressures from the adult world that threaten to steal their innocence Ringleader Hap a poor man s Peter Pan is unwilling to let the abuse of his alcoholic father taint his boyish optimism while he secretly searches for his missing mother Obsessed with his Indian roots, he constructs a carefree world on the outskirts of town As the new kid in Sand Flats, tomboy Patsy joins him, eager to escape her father s iron rule and the pain afflicting her wounded brother, a Korean War veteran Together, Hap and Patsy befriend timid Beah, who struggles to earn the love of her cold mother following the death of her only brother It takes level headed Raz, the eldest of the only Jewish family in town, to be the conscience of the group Told through their eyes, this is a tale of a summer of unbridled adventure, which ends unexpectedly and abruptly forces them all into adulthood As tender as it is intense, Third Willow will transport you to the last summer of your innocence MY THOUGHTS The premise of the book is a good one, unfortunately it gets lost somewhere in the execution I read to 50% before I stopped reading As a prolific reader it is a rarity for me to not finish a book.THE STRUCTURE The character development and plot pace are very slow in coming, and by 50% of the way through I hadn t seen anything significant develop The author has taken all this time to show us the children playing games together, and to introduce the characters Despite this being so long and drawn out, I still don t feel connected with any of the protagonists They are just cardboard cut outs, words on a page The prose is clumsy and needs work to tidy it up and smooth it out On numerous occasions the writing changes from past to present and back to past tense, without any discernible reason for doing so The proof reading and editing need revisiting, and the prose needs work to move it from amateurish to professional.SUMMARY Whilst there are a few nice phrases, on the whole the prose is poor I didn t finish the book, and only made it to 50% This was due to poor plot, pacing and prose If the author tidied up the manuscript, and cut off a lot of the excess baggage, this could shape up into a good read Due to the issues mentioned, I feel I can only offer 2.5 out of 5 stars for this book, which I shall round up to 3 stars

  7. says:

    I still have no idea why this was on my to read list I think I must have entered a giveaway and put it on there, but didn t win, and forgot about it And the only reason I started reading it was because it was available to read in its entirety from the website.The book was problematic for me, mostly because nothing actually happens while you re reading All the action is told in retrospect, in memory, in thinking back to that moment so many hours ago , which after a few instances can become bo I still have no idea why this was on my to read list I think I must have entered a giveaway and put it on there, but didn t win, and forgot about it And the only reason I started reading it was because it was available to read in its entirety from the website.The book was problematic for me, mostly because nothing actually happens while you re reading All the action is told in retrospect, in memory, in thinking back to that moment so many hours ago , which after a few instances can become bothersome but through the entirety of the book is irritating You get the story in bits and pieces, in all sorts of orders, and through the eyes of the kids who, lord knows if they re even telling it right Because how far can you trust a child narrator Much of the action also seems disconnected from the rest of the story For example, the stranger in town that the children are scared of, his side story has nothing to do with the rest of what happens, especially since the children all keep silent about what they witnessed and nothing ever comes of it.Beah s flirtation with being a view spoiler lesbian hide spoiler doesn t seem to fit either, and neither does her discovery that she s view spoiler adopted hide spoiler I suppose the view spoiler adoption hide spoiler could explain her relationship with her mother, but even that wasn t delved into too deeply The children s parents show up in the background, without truly affecting the children s points of view Patsy becomes really good at lying to her parents, who just sit back and take it No punishment for anything ever gets in the way And Raz, a background character who has almost no development outside of being smart and gorgeous, simply defers to her father s judgment in everything except one.The ending was too dramatic for the rest of the story, and I m not sure I agree with how Hap s situation was handled.A semantics issue but still bothersome every now and then the author would slip a little bit of Midwestern drawl into the narration, such as t other It was rare and randomly done, which ended up pulling me out of the story and into a huh type moment If it were written that way all the way through, it wouldn t have been so glaringly obvious But it seemed that the author was trying too hard to get the Midwestern dialect into the story.2 5 stars because I didn t enjoy it, but it wasn t terrible Just not for me, I guess

  8. says:

    Fascinating characters, suspense and a good story are enough to recommend Third Willow but there is so muchDescribing it as a coming of age novel might trivialize the book as just another romance novel about teens or about to become teens grappling with approaching adulthood In fact, Third Willow is as much about America coming of age as it is the young Hap Pritchard and the girls he comes to know over the summer of 54It is through the eyes of Hap and his friends that the issues facin Fascinating characters, suspense and a good story are enough to recommend Third Willow but there is so muchDescribing it as a coming of age novel might trivialize the book as just another romance novel about teens or about to become teens grappling with approaching adulthood In fact, Third Willow is as much about America coming of age as it is the young Hap Pritchard and the girls he comes to know over the summer of 54It is through the eyes of Hap and his friends that the issues facing the country as it transitions form the mom and apple pie 50 s to the turbulent 60 s Unlike a lot of coming of age novels that focus on romantic love, Skomal uses their eyes focus on the issues that would become the hot buttons of a generation The innocence of Hap, Patsy, Roz and Beah is shattered by their discovery of prejudice, fear, homosexuality, mental illness, racial tension, alcoholism and even rage.For those of us who grew up during that era, causes is to look anew at a time we look back on as idyllic and realize how it brought us along, subtlety, to challenge authority and conventional wisdom.Skomal s first novel, Bluff, proved that her development of characters is a major strength and she excels again with her gift for making them interesting and compelling The reader quickly becomes engrossed not only about what happens to them but about who they are What might be most interesting is how minor characters are brought to life with great energy and their importance is magnified by the fact that Skomal doesn t treat them as minor but develops them fully in a very efficient way.The suspense is enough to make this book a page turner but it the characters and moral introspection that make Third Willow a must read

  9. says:

    I am sometimes wary of young adult novels, feeling that there may not be enough interest for adult readers Not so with Third Willow While this would be a great story for young adults, presenting characters and issues they can understand, I was thoroughly drawn in from the start I really felt for each character, really rallied behind a few of them and kept thinking about them when not reading Also, for anyone born or raised in the 50 s, you will be drawn back to memories of your childhood, no I am sometimes wary of young adult novels, feeling that there may not be enough interest for adult readers Not so with Third Willow While this would be a great story for young adults, presenting characters and issues they can understand, I was thoroughly drawn in from the start I really felt for each character, really rallied behind a few of them and kept thinking about them when not reading Also, for anyone born or raised in the 50 s, you will be drawn back to memories of your childhood, no matter where you were raised The author s descriptions of the place and times transport the reader to the world of these 4 young people For younger readers, they will learn a bit about times that were simpler in some ways while being just as complicated as today in other ways Without wanting to spoil any part of the story, I liked the way Ms Skomal brought the story to its end.Lots of stuff for book groups, young and old

  10. says:

    This book deals with very difficult topics despite being told as seen through the eyes of four children from ages of about eleven to twelve It was difficult to get started in the beginning as it starts quite oddly, but as the story continues it draws you in and doesn t want to let you go and you have to keep reading For some reason it reminded me of Mark Twain s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer It was a really good book, though despite the main characters are children I think it s maybe a bit t This book deals with very difficult topics despite being told as seen through the eyes of four children from ages of about eleven to twelve It was difficult to get started in the beginning as it starts quite oddly, but as the story continues it draws you in and doesn t want to let you go and you have to keep reading For some reason it reminded me of Mark Twain s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer It was a really good book, though despite the main characters are children I think it s maybe a bit too difficult and dark for children under the age of twelve.It has drama and mystery and some childish remarks that will probably remind the readers of their own childhood.I received this book through Goodreads First Reads

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