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Monday, September 8, 2014

{Book Tour} ELEANOR by Jason Gurley -- with review and giveaway!

Eleanor

Eleanor by Jason Gurley 
450 pages
Time is a river. 
1985. The death of Eleanor's twin sister tears her family apart. Her father blames her mother for the accident. When Eleanor's mother looks at her, she sees only the daughter she lost. Their wounded family crumbles under the weight of their shared grief.
1993. Eleanor is fourteen years old when it happens for the first time... when she walks through an ordinary door at school and finds herself in another world. It happens again and again, but it's only a curiosity until that day at the cliffs. The day when Eleanor dives... and something rips her out of time itself.
And on the other side, someone is waiting for her.

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About the Author:

Gurley_Jason_3 Jason Gurley is the author of the bestselling novel Greatfall as well as The Man Who Ended the World, the Movement trilogy and Eleanor, a novel thirteen years in the making. His short stories, including The Dark Age, The Caretaker, The Last Rail-Rider and others, appear in his collection Deep Breath Hold Tight: Stories About the End of Everything. He is work has appeared in a number of anthologies, among them David Gatewood's From the Indie Side and Synchronic and John Joseph Adams's Help Fund My Robot Army!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects. Jason is a designer by trade, and has designed book covers for Amazon Publishing, Subterranean Press, Prime Books and many independent authors, among them bestsellers Hugh Howey, Matthew Mather, Russell Blake, Michael Bunker, Ernie Lindsey and others. Jason lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.

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Giveaway:
Five $20 Amazon Gift Cards (INT)


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review as follows.

Time is a river. Such a beautiful thought when you start to think about ebb and flow, deltas, banks, etc. When I first started reading this book, the first thing that came to mind was submersion. Jason Gurley's words, narrative voice, descriptions, etc., just completely submersed me in water. Fitting as we start with the first Eleanor, sitting in her breakfast nook, contemplating her swim and the rain.

I admit, I was really mad at Eleanor's decision. I almost put the book down, unwilling to read further, but I kind of got sucked in by the writing. And I'm glad I continued.

The repercussions of one decision seem to shape the event of things to come and how everyone reacts to certain things. While I had sympathy for the twins' parents, there was also this sense of rage that I had for the grandmother, too. And all of my sympathy went to Eleanor. No child should have to shoulder that kind of burden. And yet, how wonderful, too, that there is this rift for her.

I don't want to give too much away, but if you're in the mood for a novel where the writing pulls you in, the characters tug on your emotions, and a touch of whimsy and what if, I'd urge you to pick up Eleanor.