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Tender Graces [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Magendie

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Kathryn Magendie
Trade paperback, April 2009, Bell Bridge Books
Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Southern

A gentle yet unflinching look at how we find our way home. A woman returns to her West Virginia roots to resolve the ghosts of her childhood. In the tradition of Rebecca Wells, Sue Monk Kidd, Olive Ann Burns, and Dorothy Allison. TENDER GRACES by Kathryn Magendie is strong literary women’s fiction written with exquisite style.

The death of her troubled mother and memories of her abused grandmother lure a young woman back to the Appalachian hollow where she was born. Virginia Kate, the daughter of a beautiful mountain wild-child and a slick, Shakespeare-quoting salesman, relives her turbulent childhood and the pain of her mother’s betrayals. Haunted by ghosts and buried family secrets, Virginia Kate struggles to reconcile three generations of her family’s lost innocence.

Rave reviews include:

"Kathryn Magendie's TENDER GRACES is a powerful, moving and beautifully written debut. With rich detail, vivid imagery and finely drawn characters who leap off the page, drag you into their lives and make you root for them, this book will command your attention all the way to the final page...and leave you wishing for more."--Danielle Younge-Ullman, author of FALLING UNDER

“Kathryn Magendie's TENDER GRACES leaves a ghostly trail of broken hearts from by-God West Virginia to Texas to the shimmering seasons of Louisiana where real love and an unexpected home is found for a lost child. Reminiscent of early Lee Smith and Silas House, Magendie's Virginia Kate Carey is the steady beating pulse of this beautiful narrative that sweeps through a lifetime of loss, grief, and ultimately redemption and what it means to go home again.” – Kerry Madden, author, Gentle’s Holler

“Gifted” – Deborah LeBlanc, author
“Powerful” – Angie Ledbetter, author
“Arresting” – David Madden, author
“A poem to childhood” – Ed Cullen, NPR contributor
“Held me spellbound” – Cheryl’s Book Nook reviews
“Poetic” -- J. Kaye’s Book Blog
“Poignant and funny” – Booklove reviews
“Simply amazing” – Firestalker Reviews
“I truly couldn’t put it down” – Suburban Sanity Reviews

“Don’t miss this book”—The Serenity Room Reviews

“Highly recommended – Kaye’s Penguin Posts Reviews

“TENDER GRACES by Kathryn Magendie is the kind of book that sticks with you long after you finish it. I turned the last page this morning, and I still can't get the characters out of my head. . . I highly recommend Tender Graces, and I know it will make my list of favorite books for the year.” – Diary of an Eccentric Reviews

“This is supposed to be a review of Kathryn Magendie’s exquisite literary novel, not a general discussion of my father’s peculiarities, but maybe that’s my point. Tender Graces became part of my family. Virginia Kate could have been me. Her mother could have been my father’s mother. Her brother Micah could have been my Dad.
Maybe that’s the highest praise I could ever give a book anyway: I couldn’t separate my reality from Magendie’s fiction.”
– Katrina Stonoff, Let it Simmer Reviews

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2181 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982175620
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (April 1 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028N6C0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literature that won't have you tearing your eyes out! April 14 2009
By Daniel J. Fletcher - Published on
In a world of rushed 30-day novels, brooding teenage vampires and prepubescence riding broomsticks....Kathryn Magendie shines through as a beacon of hope for those who require character development and descriptive literature to place them inside the story. Tender Graces is a literary work of art that will quickly find a sanctuary on your bookshelf.
56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern literature at its best! April 19 2009
By J. Kaye Oldner - Published on
Virginia Kate Carey received a phone call from her uncle with news her mother died. Two weeks prior, she'd received her grandmother's journal in the mail along with a letter from her mother to come home. Little did Virginia know when she sent back a reply back, refusing to come home, it would be the last.

Filled with remorse, Virginia is heading back with her grandmother's journal. Through this journal and her mother's notes in the margins, she will be carried back in time.

Kathryn Magendie's poetic voice will tug at your heart as she paints a realistic picture of a time gone by. Fans of Southern Literature will cherish TENDER GRACES.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Home May 3 2009
By Stephen R. Winham - Published on
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"No matter what, we care about our mommas and we always will." This single statement, by her Aunt Billie, defines the life of Virginia Kate Carey and her brothers as told with care and total believability by Kathryn Magendie in TENDER GRACES. Rarely have the effects of adult neglect and cruelty to children been presented with such grace and clarity. We applaud the resilience of the children, but see the scars that linger forever and can find little sympathy for the perpetrators, regardless of the reasons for their actions.

Virginia Kate's Mother, Katie Ivene, is a cruel, alcoholic, promiscuous, narcissistic beauty who is hard to love. Her father isn't perfect by a long shot, but he does his best to provide stability for his children and it is fortunate for everyone that he finds a true saint in his new wife, Rebekha. We find ourselves rooting for Rebekha and becoming impatient with Virginia Kate's guilty reluctance to love her. Although we want to believe a sliver of goodness motivates Katie Ivene, it is too slippery to grasp.

Despite its overarching theme, Virginia Kate's story is filled with beauty, mystery, and the joys of life. Transcending the genre of women's literature, it is reminiscent of such classics as TOM SAWYER and HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
40 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better books about rotten childhoods. Sept. 16 2009
By mhb - Published on
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When I ordered this book, all 17 reviewers on Amazon gave this book 5 stars, so I was expecting a fantastic read. I was disappointed. If you haven't read Connie May Fowler's Before Women Had Wings, Rebecca Wells' Little Altars Everywhere, and Rick Bragg's All over But the Shoutin, I suggest reading these wonderful books instead. Tender Graces shares the "troubled childhood in the South" theme, but I found it less engaging, and I did not enjoy the writing style. In my opinion, there are so many better books with similar plot lines.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Debut May 3 2009
By Danielle Younge-Ullman - Published on
Katherine Magendie's TENDER GRACES is a powerful, moving and beautifully written debut. With rich detail, vivid imagery and finely drawn characters who leap off the page, drag you into their lives and make you root for them, this book will command your attention all the way to the final page...and leave you wishing for more.

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"Mothers-they have so much power. A few little words and a few un-thought out actions can nurture or destroy a child. It's a power I always said I'd use wisely. I sometimes feel as if I've failed." &quote;
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"Ghosts and spirits weave around the living in these mountains. They try to tell us things, warn us of what's ahead, or try to move us on towards something we need to do. But most of all, they want us to remember." &quote;
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Our mothers and their mothers and the mothers before them do the same things over and again, even if in differing ways. &quote;
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