Thursday, March 11, 2010


What do these books -- SEA by Heidi R. Kling and RESTORING HARMONY by Joelle Anthony -- have in common with LEAVING GEE'S BEND?

All three books were edited by Excellent Editor Stacey Barney at G.P. Putnam's Sons. And while SEA is set in California/Indonesia during the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami and RESTORING HARMONY is set in the future (post-Collapse) US/Canada, they have core elements in common with LEAVING GEE'S BEND (set in 1932 Gee's Bend, Alabama):

1. strong girl protagonist
2. first person POV
3. there's a journey
4. family/love is at the heart of the story
5. the MC ends up where they started geographically, but of course different (and stronger and wiser)

Of course SEA and RESTORING HARMONY are both YA, so the "love" element involves romantic love while MG LEAVING GEE'S BEND does not. And the writing styles are different, and marvelous in their differences. I was completely transported to these other times/places! Check these books out and see what loveliness I'm talking about.

I'll be back tomorrow with something special for Poetry Friday as well as an update on my travels. Thanks so much for reading!


  1. Since you're a poetry lover, I'd like to invite you and your readers to join in on my poetry survey. I am looking for a list of your 10 favorite classic poems. Read more about it here.

  2. Irene - you are such a true friend - I gave you for the One Lovely Blog Award today - all the best!

  3. Thanks for including SEA in this post! This is awesome. :)


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