The Novelist

by Angela Hunt

Hardcover, 2006



Call number



Thomas Nelson (2006), 320 pages


Fiction. Literature. HTML: From the author who taught you to expect the intriguing tale about families, fiction, and what to do when life veers wildly off script. It begins...when a smug college student challenges a best�selling novelist to write something "more personal." It begins...when a mother finds her troubled son slumped unconscious outside her house. It begins...when fiction and reality blur, and the novelist finds herself caught somewhere in the middle of it all. Where does it end? That all depends on who is telling the story....


Original language


Physical description

320 p.; 9.5 inches


084994483X / 9780849944833

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LibraryThing member BrianaJae
I love books about books so I picked this up. It’s for the same reason I love movies about movies or shows about shows. It makes me feel like I am in on the art-making process. This book ended up being a lot darker than I expected. And more about God. It is about a famous writer who is teaching a
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class in creative writing at the local community college. As a project, she is writing a new short story, very much unlike those she is famous for, so they can see the process. So the book we are reading flashes back and forth between the story of her life and that of the character she is creating. Her character also mirrors her son in many ways. He is an alcoholic so she is also dealing with that. And she turns to God to help her out. The book was interesting and I enjoyed reading it, but it wasn’t something I would run out and buy or recommend strongly for someone else to read.
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LibraryThing member Lori12
Well written and pertinent to today's issues. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
LibraryThing member gentlespirit512
Angela Hunt attempted a delicate tightrope between two stories that looked like it shouldn't work at first. I was amazed that it did. I was enthralled by the allegory in a way I didn't expect to be. The world building of Paradise was a bit quirky--and I desperately want to see a picture of a
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ditten. The characters were predictable since it was an allegory. I wasn't as emotionally connected to the characters, but I suppose that was because of the allegory dynamics as well.

Jordan couldn't quite wrap her head around her inability to make things better for her son. She was a fixer, and I loved that she worked through what was necessary to help Zack in the words, world, and structure of the allegory of Paradise.
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