Water in impoverished communities It s all here and at times overdoneWe begin with Wren s narration in the present and then switch to third person for a good portion of the book as it details the past and return to Wren s present narration for the final section This normally wouldn t bother me or ven be something I was aware of but I struggled with it in this novel because it made the pacing uneven The present felt slow while the past felt rushed and for that reason I didn t really connect with
any of the charactersThis is a story with great potential but it missed of the charactersThis is a story with great potential but it missed mark for me in the way in which it was deliveredThanks to Riverhead Books and Edelweiss for providing me with a DRC in xchange for my honest review Shiner is scheduled for release on May 12 2020For reviews visit wwwrootsandreadswordpresscom Making good moonshine isn t that different from telling a good story and no one tells a story like a woman She knows that legends and liuor are best spun from the back of a pickup truck after nightfall just as she knows to tell a story slowly the way whiskey drips through a sieve Stories like bottles of shine are meant to be given away I didn t want to be a story I wanted to live This stunning story takes place on a secluded mountain in West Virginia where days of drink drugs death blind snake faith and isolation were dark Then as the secrets of the past are revealed an ven darker shadow is cast Amy Jo Burns writes in clear beautiful prose that conveys fifteen year old Wren s isolation and fear difficult to Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas endure if not for her mother Ruby and her mother s best friend Ivy and Ivy s children Briar Bird her preacher snake handling father keeps Wren from the outside world and the outside world as far away as possible It s about the shine and the religion with beliefs manifested in snake handling and the miracle of healing The relationships are complex between Wren s parents Ruby and Briar White Eye between Ruby and her life long friend Ivy between Ruby and Flynn from her past between Wren and her father and the hope in the budding relationship between Wren and Caleb The author does an incredible job of fully realizing the individual characters as well By thend of the story we know them all At first I gave this four stars but then I thought about the true healing miracles here of unconditional friendship the capacity to love in spite of suffering caused by those you love and the possibility of hope when verything feels hopeless and the amazing writing I decided it was deserving of 5 stars A
Heartbreakingly Beautiful Debut Novel About All Of beautiful debut novel about all of beautiful things that are part of a place and culture where it s asy to be mistaken that they won t be found here I m hoping for from Amy Jo Burns I received a copy of this Riverhead Books through Edelweiss Making good moonshine isn t that different from telling a good story and no one tells a story like a woman Wren lives in the Appalachian Mountains with her family her snake handler father who scares and Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, enraptures the town with his preach Find all of my reviews at s anmbarrassing confession I noticed this book sitting on the new release shelf behind the counter at Barnes and Noble while I was waiting in line to pick up my pre ordered copy of Midnight Sun by Sparkles the Vampire Since I had already blown my book budget on that sure to be Pulitzer winner I had to go home and get this one from the libraryI didn t know anything about Shiner before beginning aside from the fact that the cover didn t make me want to gag since it didn t have a face on it there was no girl in the title so it most likely wasn t a thriller and shiner probably meant there was Not Without a Fight either going to be moonshine or someone getting pun Anne Bogel sold me on this in a recent Patreon podcast I listened to audio Loved the characters and story. Ledge Wren can imagine a different future for herself than she has been told toxpectRich with Garden Bouquets and Beyond epic love andpic loss and diving deep into a world that is often forgotten but still part of America Shiner reveals the hidden story behind two generations' worth of Appalachian heartbreak and resolve Amy Jo Burns brings us a smoldering taut debut novel about modern female myth making in a land of men and one young girl who must ultimately open her yes.
Amy Jo Burns Å 4 DownloadWest Virginia hidden on a mountain top miles from the nearest town Wren lives with her parents Ruby and Briar At fifteen she This is the second book in a month where I njoyed the blurb much than the book It sounds so freaking good In the beginning I njoyed Shiner
ENJOYED THE WAY THE AUTHOR WRITESthe way the author writes this was gonna be a 4 or 5 star book for me Unfortunately the characters are never fully fleshed out and the I read the less plausible the characters became For instance there are some teens in foster care who immediately upon meeting one of the main characters Wren tell her their stories Bull A kid who s been traumatized or tossed about from home to home has trust issues They re not gonna just blab their life story to veryone they meet It takes time and a lot of it before that happens If it Zu schnell ever happens This pissed me off Sure they re minor characters but really If you re going to write a book you need to understand the psychology of your charactersAs for young Wren she wasn t believableither None of the characters were It seemed to me like the author came up with a story and then wrote the characters to fit it rather than let the characters build the story Pushed circles into suares I couldn t identify with or feel anything for any of these characters and so I had a hard time Sleepless (Bird of Stone, enjoying the book I didn t care what happened only wanted it to happen soon so I could be done with the book How can you care about characters the author herself appears not to knowI should have DNFd this but I kept thinking it would get better Maybe it s just me This book has a high rating here on Goodreads but I thought it was boring and unbelievable I wonder if there are any award categories for blurb writers If not there should be Shout out to the writer of this book s blurb Thanks for making me waste time on a book that isn t nearly as interesting as your synopsis Love and loyalty lies revenge fear and hope are what this story is aboutThe love and loyalty that grew from childhoods of want and suffering and a need for friendship that grew deeper through the years Two women whose lives are shaped and trapped by the mountains of West Virginia and
the men who dominate their lives Ruby and IvyFathers and husbands control their lives becausemen who dominate their lives Ruby and IvyFathers and husbands control their lives because women have no say in this world of moonshiners thieves and drunks The only true thing in their lives is their loyalty to ach other and the hope of leaving this place but this too disappears when Ruby marries and Ivy is now tied to the mountain and this way of life because of her love for RubyLies are not just told but lived with so they shape one s very EXISTENCE AND CREATE A FEAR OF DISCOVERY AND DESTRUCTION and create a fear of discovery and destruction twists and turns and finally destroysHope lies in the young Ruby s daughter Wren who desires so much than what the mountain has given her and yet will finally determine her own surprising futureWonderful book with such well drawn characters that you get pulled into their lives The book is a world away from my own life but it uickly drew me into Ruby and Ivy s lives Resigned to a male dominated life style and yet Ivy still held out hope Just a really good readI won this ARC in a First Reads giveaway Thank you to Riverhead Books and the author Amy Jo Burns 45 stars The truth turns sour if it idles too long in our mouths Stories like bottles of shine are meant to be given away Fifteen year old Wren Bird lives in a mountain cabin with her parents Ruby and Briar She is home schooled and seldom goes to the nearest town Her parents have no car no mailbox and welcome no visitors xcept for her Mother s friend Ivy There s is no one lonelier than the wife of a preacher Every Sunday her father leads sermons in an abandoned gas station to the mountain worshipers He takes up the scriptures along with his serpents and veryone knows the. On a lush mountaintop trapped in time two women vow to protect ach other at all costs and one young girl must defy her father to surviveAn hour from the closest West Virginia mining town fifteen year old Wren Bird lives in a cloistered mountain cabin with her parents They have no car no mailbox and no visitors xcept for her mother's lifelong best friend Every Sunday Wren's father delivers winding sermons in an abandoned gas station where he takes. .
Tale of how he survived being struck by lightning as a teen He loves his wife Ruby and his snakes That is about all the love he has to give I can t survive her any Ruby and Ivy have always been friends and wanted to get away but instead stay and live on the mountain
having homes near ach other and relying on ach other often When tragedy strikes Wren learns some truths somehomes near ach other and relying on ach other often When tragedy strikes Wren learns some truths some realities and perhaps Wren might be the one to get away maybe There s danger in letting your desires define you This book is about so many things love friendship motherhood loyalty faith isolation heartbreak moonshine snakes control obsession grief fear growing up secrets and longing There are several characters in this book and they are all xpertly drawn You can feel their sadness and loneliness dripping off the pages They live a rough slow and hard life They have also made sacrifices suffered for those sacrifices paid their dues stood by their friends hoped for better tomorrows and made tough choices We get to know all their pain and see how over the course of time they will Deep Listening either becomes stronger or dwindle away This is also a coming of age tale for Wren as she learns about herself and the adults in her lifeI found this book to be absorbing and captivating Snake handling in Appalachia stillxists and occurs in this book So does making moonshine Both play a part in this book but mainly this book is about various forms of relationships I was drawn into these characters lives and because of this I found this book to be a fast read It is not a happy go lucky book and yet there is hope and strength within the pages I found this book to be well written with sheer beauty in the passagesIf this book is not on your radar it should be I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in xchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own Taking place amid the abject poverty of the hollers of Appalachian West Virginia a miracle goes very wrong and has devastating repercussions The storyline follows two generations of mountain men and women and their traditions of making moonshine snake handling and what appears to be male dominance Alcoholism and the opioid crisis rear their heads yet there is a great sense of love Love for ach other their land and their mountain traditions which are not to say that there isn t a pervading sense of being trapped In a sense this is a coming of age novel as young Wren learns the truth of her father s divinity untangles her mother s past and finally sees possibilities for her future Deep in the hollers of West Virginia is the Bird family They live a simple life and would be completely closed off from the world if not for Briar Bird s sermons and snake handling Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature every Sunday to his faithful flock in an abandoned gas stationRuby Bird spends her days with her best friend Ivy They ve been friends since they were kids and have become like sisters Their bond is seemingly unbreakable and they have settled for the lives they ve chosen as long as they haveach otherWhen Ivy becomes ill the Bird family begins to unravel as the legends and secrets that have held them all together are given a closer look by fifteen year old Wren BirdWren is at the heart of this tale It s the summer of her fifteenth year when Briar attempts to heal Ivy and she learns the long history of her father s faith and her mother s choices The truths she discovers allows her to see a much different future for herself than she dared to imagine beforeMy feelings about this book are complicated The writing and the atmosphere are both lovely several paragraphs knocked me out with their beauty There are many Appalachian stereotypesclichestraditions in this book a snake handling preacher obedient women uietly birthing babies moonshine operations addiction and poisoned. Up serpents and praises the Lord for his blighted white ye proof of his divinity and key to the hold he has over the community over Wren and her motherBut over the course of one summer a miracle performed by Wren's father uickly turns to tragedy As the order of her world begins to shatter Wren must uncover the truth of her father's mysterious legend and her mother's harrowing history and complex bond with her best friend And with that newfound know.