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Shiner By Amy Jo Burns

REVIEW Shiner By Amy Jo Burns

On a lush mountaintop trapped in time two women vow to protect each other at all costs and one young girl must defy her father to surviveAn hour from the closest West Virginia mining town fifteen year old Wren Bird lives in a cloistered mountain cabin with her parents They have no car no mailbox and no visitors except for her mother's lifelong best friend Every Sunday Wren's father delivers winding sermons in an abandoned gas station where he takes “Making good moonshine isn’t that different from telling a good story and no one tells a story like a woman She knows that legends and liuor are best spun from the back of a pickup truck after nightfall just as she knows to tell a story slowly the way whiskey drips through a sieve”“Stories like bottles of shine are meant to be given away”“ I didn’t want to be a story I wanted to live”This stunning story takes place on a secluded mountain in West Virginia where days of drink drugs death blind snake faith and isolation were dark Then as the secrets of the past are revealed an even darker shadow is cast Amy Jo Burns writes in clear beautiful prose that conveys fifteen year old Wren’s isolation and fear difficult to endure if not for her mother Ruby and her mother’s best friend Ivy and Ivy’s children Briar Bird her preacher snake handling father keeps Wren from the outside world and the outside world as far away as possible It’s about the shine and the religion with beliefs manifested in snake handling and the miracle of healing The relationships are complex between Wren’s parents Ruby and Briar “White Eye” between Ruby and her life long friend Ivy between Ruby and Flynn from her past between Wren and her father and the hope in the budding relationship between Wren and Caleb The author does an incredible job of fully realizing the individual characters as well By the end of the story we know them all At first I gave this four stars but then I thought about the true healing miracles here of unconditional friendship the capacity to love in spite of suffering caused by those you love and the possibility of hope when everything feels hopeless and the amazing writing I decided it was deserving of 5 stars A heartbreakingly beautiful debut novel about all of those beautiful things that are part of a place and culture where it’s easy to be mistaken that they won’t be found here I’m hoping for from Amy Jo Burns I received a copy of this Riverhead Books through Edelweiss

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Up serpents and praises the Lord for his blighted white eye proof of his divinity and key to the hold he has over the community over Wren and her motherBut over the course of one summer a miracle performed by Wren's father uickly turns to tragedy As the order of her world begins to shatter Wren must uncover the truth of her father's mysterious legend and her mother's harrowing history and complex bond with her best friend And with that newfound know Making good moonshine isn't that different from telling a good story and no one tells a story like a woman Wren lives in the Appalachian Mountains with her family her snake handler father who scares and enraptures the town with his preaching and her mother who only ever wanted to get off the mountain with her best friend Ivy but whose parents made her marry When Ivy stumbles into the fire and Wren's father performs a miraculous healing it sets in motion a chain of events that has devastating conseuences for all Gorgeous lush and beautifully sympathetic I read this in one sitting; it will definitely land on my best of the year list

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Ledge Wren can imagine a different future for herself than she has been told to expectRich with epic love and epic loss and diving deep into a world that is often forgotten but still part of America Shiner reveals the hidden story behind two generations' worth of Appalachian heartbreak and resolve Amy Jo Burns brings us a smoldering taut debut novel about modern female myth making in a land of men and one young girl who must ultimately open her eyes Deep in the hollers of West Virginia is the Bird family They live a simple life and would be completely closed off from the world if not for Briar Bird’s sermons and snake handling every Sunday to his faithful flock in an abandoned gas stationRuby Bird spends her days with her best friend Ivy They’ve been friends since they were kids and have become like sisters Their bond is seemingly unbreakable and they have settled for the lives they’ve chosen as long as they have each otherWhen Ivy becomes ill the Bird family begins to unravel as the legends and secrets that have held them all together are given a closer look by fifteen year old Wren BirdWren is at the heart of this tale It’s the summer of her fifteenth year when Briar attempts to heal Ivy and she learns the long history of her father’s faith and her mother’s choices The truths she discovers allows her to see a much different future for herself than she dared to imagine beforeMy feelings about this book are complicated The writing and the atmosphere are both lovely; several paragraphs knocked me out with their beauty There are many Appalachian stereotypesclichestraditions in this book a snake handling preacher obedient women uietly birthing babies moonshine operations addiction and poisoned water in impoverished communities It’s all here and at times overdoneWe begin with Wren’s narration in the present and then switch to third person for a good portion of the book as it details the past and return to Wren’s present narration for the final section This normally wouldn’t bother me or even be something I was aware of but I struggled with it in this novel because it made the pacing uneven The present felt slow while the past felt rushed and for that reason I didn’t really connect with any of the charactersThis is a story with great potential but it missed the mark for me in the way in which it was deliveredThanks to Riverhead Books and Edelweiss for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my honest review Shiner is scheduled for release on May 12 2020For reviews visit wwwrootsandreadswordpresscom L'escrime : La pechnique, la Pratique, la compétition often forgotten but still part Bilikat, le beau combat : Le combat à la gauloise : l'apport de l'expérimentation à l'étude du maniement des armes laténiennes of America Shiner reveals the hidden story behind two generations' worth L'Invention de l'escrime of Appalachian heartbreak and resolve Amy Jo Burns brings us a smoldering taut debut novel about modern female myth making in a land Pratique de l'escrime japonaise : Seitei toho batto do of men and Le maître d'armes ou l'exercice de l'épée seule dans sa perfection : Les réprints de Jeux d'épées one young girl who must ultimately L'escrime open her eyes Deep in the hollers Traité de l'art des armes : Ou Les principes de l'escrime suivi des premiers principes de la boxe française et de la canne of West Virginia is the Bird family They live a simple life and would be completely closed La Theorie de L'Escrime: Enseigne Par Une Methode Simple, Basee Sur L'Observation de La Nature (1845) off from the world if not for Briar Bird’s sermons and snake handling every Sunday to his faithful flock in an abandoned gas stationRuby Bird spends her days with her best friend Ivy They’ve been friends since they were kids and have become like sisters Their bond is seemingly unbreakable and they have settled for the lives they’ve chosen as long as they have each L'Escrime (Collection Connaissance et technique) otherWhen Ivy becomes ill the Bird family begins to unravel as the legends and secrets that have held them all together are given a closer look by fifteen year VIE HEUREUSE (LA) [No 9] du 15/09/1911 - JEAN BERTHEROY - LE VOYAGE DE MME VASSAL EN INDOCHINE - DES ROIS DANS LE COSTUME DE LEURS SUJETS - H. 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