08-24-2010 01:30 PM
The boys with the crooked necks fascinate me. In that day and time they probably had no idea what their father was doing to them. From the beginning of the book you know you're rooting for the boys and that their hard work early in life will do them well as they grow up. Just as in real life you hope the inspiration for these boys have had a good life. And maybe the real life boys will feel honored to be part of this book.
08-24-2010 04:11 PM
08-24-2010 05:07 PM
I have enjoyed numerous books thanks to the First Look Club, but I must say between the jaw dropping trailer and your raw description of how this book came to be, I am beyond excited to start on this jewel.
I am holding out until discussion time simply because I don't want to divulge the "dreaded spoiler", but I must admit I am completely antsy about getting started on this.
I can't wait to get reading and now that I have the visual as well as your insight, I feel I'm going to get SO MUCH from what looks like a terrific read!
Thanks again and I look forward to chatting with you about this beauty!
08-24-2010 05:45 PM
Hi: Thank you for sharing some of the history behind your book. I am looking forward to discussing your book with you and members of this First look Club. I can't wait to receive my copy.
08-24-2010 06:26 PM
Great intro! It's so nice to "meet" you and I'm looking forward to some big conversations about your book. I love to hear about the writing process from an author's perspective-- it's so interesting when those little bits of reality get wrapped up in a fictional story. I'll be keeping those real life brothers in mind as I read TWoF.
08-24-2010 10:11 PM
One of the things I TRULY enjoy about being a First Look reader is getting to know the author. I honestly believe there is a little bit of truth in all fiction. Where did you build the story from about the midwife? It was very realistic.
I must confess that I have already finished the book, and I am going back for a second, more "analytical" read, if you will. I want to thank you for sharing yourself with us on such a deep level. It really takes a lot of courage to do that.
I had to laugh at myself in the first chapter in order to bear some of the sadness because I was diagnosing what the medical problem was (placental abruption or previa) and then I was rewritting scenarios in my mind on how different things might have turned out if such and such medical intervention had taken place, and on and on.... It is a nurse thing I guess!
I will keep my commentaries until the end of the discussion in order to avoid "spoiling" things for the other readers.
08-24-2010 11:45 PM
I am very excited to read your new book. I have read the first few chapters and had to stop myself because I didn't want to finish it in a week. I know reading this book will be an adventure and I'm happy to be sharing it with so many book lovers and yourself. Thanks for the opportunity.
08-25-2010 08:03 AM
Hi Bruce! This is my first book club and it is my pleasure to be a part of this group and have the opportunity to read and discuss your book before it's released! This is very exciting to me and I look forward to the discussions with everybody!
Madgy from Massachusetts!
08-25-2010 08:54 AM
Thank you so much for sharing your background with us. I often wonder how authors come up with their stories and love to 'hear' just what they were thinking/experiencing during the time of writing.
No matter how hard I try I just can't seem to hold off reading a book when I have it in my possession. So as you probably have guessed I finished it yesterday and like other readers I will be going back to it to refresh the many thoughts/feelings I experienced. I didn't want it to end .
You're book was wonderful and very thought provoking and I am looking forward to the discussions that lie ahead.
08-25-2010 09:11 AM
Thank you for sharing your book with us! I'm nearly half way through and find your writing, your sentences, to be so beautiful that I often have to reread them. It is so interesting to hear about the family using the children to plow that inspired part of the story. My father was quite a storyteller, and humorous, and he used to tease a good friend that he could strap his wife to the plow to save the tractor. We all smiled because it was such a far-fetched idea, but I wondered where Dad ever came up with such a thought.
I am looking forward to finishing and discussing the book.
08-25-2010 09:37 AM
I am looking forward to reading this book with you and the others in this group. My family roots are deep in the land of Texas and New Mexico farming. After reading the previews, this book drew me to it's story.
Thank you for sharing some of your journey to through this story. The story within the story is always one that brings depth to the reading and breadth to the understanding. I can hardly wait for next week to arrive.
Karen aka Mtn_Muse
~The flow of words from an artist's pen can reveal much beauty without and within.~
08-25-2010 06:12 PM
Your introduction is so eloquent that my anticipation for the book is increasing. Thank you for allowing your story to reach us. It is a privilege to be allowed to read and discuss an author's new "child" with the author and so many terrific readers.
In the FL groups you will find a wonderful group of people who love books and the process itself. Your introduction allows us the honor of peering inside the process/birth of a story and the art form it takes.
So many things in life can distract us from our work that it really isn't surprising how long it takes us to "learn" how to do something important. You have done a great job. I have only read a small portion of the book as I am awaiting the schedule and the discussions to begin but what I read was captivating.
Thank you again for allowing us into your world and your process.
simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought
08-25-2010 09:14 PM
I am really looking forward to reading your book and having the opportunity to discuss it with you and the book group. I am a retired high school English teacher who spent 35 years teaching books written by authors long dead. Since my retirement, I spend as much time as possible finding opportunities to be involved with discussions or readings that include the writer. How wonderful it is to be able to ask the questions that I could never ask of the classic writers! Thank you for giving us this gift of both the book and your participation in our discussions.
I did read the first few pages and want to read more, but I'm disciplining myself - at least for another few days. )
"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread. ~François Mauriac
08-26-2010 12:03 PM
Thank you so much for offering your book to our group, and then for giving us the behind the scenes look at the writing of it. This always makes the reading a deeper and more meaningful experience for us!
I haven't begun the book yet as we're leaving for vacation in a couple of days and it's my vacation reading selection, but it sounds very intense and emotional. I look forward to this experience.
I can only imagine how vulnerable a writer must feel about putting either their experiences or even just their thoughts to paper, and then putting the whole thing out there for us, the readers. From the introduction, I think I'll be very glad you were brave enough to share! <grin>
08-26-2010 12:11 PM
Dear Bruce..I have been admiring The Artwork...and have only read a few Pages of your Novel "The Wake of Forgiveness"Looking forward to our discussions..Its a Wonderful way to Debut your Novel..I can tell as so many others have stated,we are waiting and privileged to have this opportunity.........Thank you Paul and BN,Paul you know us well.......Susan ..VTC
08-26-2010 10:47 PM
Thank you for your post and look forward to reading The Wake of Forgiveness. Fiction or not the title sounds appropriate from what you have said about this story.
Your writing flows on and on, I see why people are having trouble setting it down.
I haven't started reading for that exact reason, it would be too hard to stay away from soilers.
08-27-2010 10:27 AM
I came home from a camping trip to find your book waiting for me. I've already read the first chapter. I found that chapter alone full of emotions. I won't say more because I don't want to leak any spoilers..
08-28-2010 10:38 PM
Once I received the book I had to open it and take a peek. I will be on schedule, with reading for school and all, I wanted to be sure I was able to keep up therefore I read ahead.
I will wait to post comments when the time is right. Glad to have you share your background so I can better absorb the book and the meaning as well. I must say I've had to read & re-read some of the passages to understand the prose of your writing . . . I have been reading attempting to see if I get a "feel" for your style but not able to get my hands around it in this novel.
Can't wait for honest open dialogue about the book