Monday, June 13

Down from Cascom Mountain by Ann Joslin Williams (Review and Giveaway) ENDED

Set in rugged New Hampshire in the aftermath of a fatal accident, this assured debut novel wrestles with grief and desire as a young woman finds her way over the course of one summer.

In Down From Cascom Mountain, newlywed Mary Hall brings her husband to settle in the rural New Hampshire of her youth to fix up the house she grew up in and to reconnect to the land that defined her, with all its beauty and danger. But on a mountain day hike, she watches helplessly as her husband falls to his death. As she struggles with her sudden grief, in the days and months that follow, Mary finds new friendships–with Callie and Tobin, teenagers who live and work on the mountain, and with Ben, the gentle fire watchman. All are haunted by their own losses, but they find ways to restore hope in one another, holding firmly as they navigate the rugged terrain of the unknown and the unknowable, and loves lost and found.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ann Joslin Williams grew up in New Hampshire. She earned her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She is the author of The Woman in the Woods, a collection of linked stories, which won the 2005 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, and her work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, the Iowa Review, the Missouri Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She was the winner of an NEA grant for her work on Down from Cascom Mountain. Williams is an assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire.

Visit Ann Joslin William’s website at www.annjoslinwilliams.com.

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MY THOUGHTS

Down from Cascom Mountain is a transparent look at relationships ... the excitement of young love, the pain of failed relationships, and the long lasting effects of loss. The entire story takes place on Cascom Mountain and spans many years in the families who call this unique place home. It also intertwines with the lives of several young people who come to work at the mountain lodge as seasonal employees.

Mary is the main character in this book and I couldn't help but admire her strength and determination, her solid family roots, her passion for life, and especially her openness. The vulnerability of many of the characters in this book simply stole my heart.

I think that most readers will be able to identify with this book. It is a moving story of young love, incredible loss, and eventual happiness and second chances.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary ARC of this book courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.


THE GIVEAWAY

Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours, one reader of this blog will win a copy of Down from Cascom Mountain.

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  • Giveaway ends Wednesday, June 29.

24 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really hopeful story set in a beautiful place! Thanks for a great review and for being on the tour.

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  2. Down from Cascom Mountain sounds like a sad, but hopeful, story of strength and compassion shared. I like these types of overcoming stories.

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