#Review: Deep Down Things – Tamara Linse
Maggie Jordan’s life isn’t perfect. She knows it never will be. She and her siblings have had to contend with a good many disappoints from an early age, including the unexpected death of their parents. Though she’s made do with what she has, she can’t help but to yearn for something better. Granted, life isn’t working with her in giving her the miracle she seeks, but she’s doing her best to cope with everything, nonetheless.
Maggie’s life takes an unexpected turn when she meets the enigmatic Jackdaw. Everything about him piques her interest, though she does her best to downplay the way he makes her feel. A quick courtship soon ensues, and she finds herself caught up in dreams of her own making.
When things continue to spiral into the unknown, she soon realizes that not everything turns out the way she thought they would. Maggie now has to deal with the fact that she’s pregnant, as well as Jackdaw’s indifference.
The fact that her own siblings are going through ups and downs of their own opens her eyes to just how much things are changing. If they’re to succeed in overcoming the obstacles headed their way, they’ll need to find it within themselves to forgive their past indiscretions. The question is, how can they do that when time seems hell-bent on pulling them apart from every direction?
A bittersweet and thought-provoking story, Deep Down Things immerses us in the lives of three siblings who do their best to make do with what they have. They’ve had to deal with so many disappointments, striving to live a better life. Each deals with their insecurities in a myriad of different ways, but one thing holds them together–their love for one another.
Tamara has done a lovely job in setting the stage for this story. Based on real-life experiences, the emotions injected into the story fly off the page as you get further into the story. Her style of story-telling is certainly pleasing, making the story flow as smoothly as possible with every turn of the page. I definitely recommend this story, and know others will enjoy it just as much as I have.
Deep Down Things, Tamara Linse’s debut novel, is the emotionally riveting story of three siblings torn apart by a charismatic bullrider-turned-writer and the love that triumphs despite tragedy.
From the death of her parents at sixteen, Maggie Jordan yearns for lost family, while sister CJ drowns in alcohol and brother Tibs withdraws. When Maggie and an idealistic young writer named Jackdaw fall in love, she is certain that she’s found what she’s looking for. As she helps him write a novel, she gets pregnant, and they marry. But after Maggie gives birth to a darling boy, Jes, she struggles to cope with Jes’s severe birth defect, while Jackdaw struggles to overcome writer’s block brought on by memories of his abusive father.
Ambitious, but never seeming so, Deep Down Things may remind you of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong and Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper.
About The Author:
Like the characters in Deep Down Things, the author Tamara Linse and her husband have lost babies. They had five miscarriages before their twins were born through the help of a wonderful woman who acted as a gestational carrier.
Tamara is also the author of the short story collection How to Be a Man and earned her master’s in English from the University of Wyoming, where she taught writing. Her work appears in the Georgetown Review, South Dakota Review, and TalkingRiver, among others, and she was a finalist for Arts & Letters and Glimmer Train contests, as well as the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize for a book of short stories.
She works as an editor for a foundation and a freelancer. Find her online at tamaralinse.com and on her blog Writer, Cogitator, Recovering Ranch Girl at www.tamara-linse.blogspot.com.
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