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Every Bone a Prayer
Every Bone a Prayer | Ashley Blooms
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"This is the kind of book we need to set literary expectations for a new decade. It's so textured, so layered with love and so wonderfully terrifying, intimate and magical."Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir Misty's holler looks like any of the thousands of hollers that fork through the Appalachian Mountains. But Misty knows her home is different. She may be only ten, but she hears things. Even the crawdads in the creek have something to say, if you listen. All that Misty's sister Penny wants to talk about are the strange objects that start appearing outside their trailer. The grown-ups mutter about sins and punishment, but that doesn't scare Misty. Not like the hurtful thing that's been happening to her, the hurtful thing that is becoming part of her. Ever since her neighbor William cornered her in the barn, she must figure out how to get back to the Misty she was before the Misty who wasn't afraid to listen. This is the story of one tough-as-nails girl whose choices are few but whose fight is boundless, as her coping becomes a battle cry for everyone around her. Written by a survivor of sexual abuse, Every Bone a Prayer is a beautifully honest exploration of healing and of hope. Praise for Every Bone a Prayer: "I couldn't stop reading Ashley Bloom's raw-boned language that carried me on young Misty's journey. While the weight on her skin threatened to take her under, the current of hope had me rooting for Misty to rise up. I can't wait to see this book shoot into the stratosphere."Leah Weiss, author of If the Creek Don't Rise "Ashley Blooms sings in an authentic mountain voice...Like a hawk over a hollow, Blooms both soars and sees all."Andy Duncan, author of An Agent of Utopia
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Scochrane26
Every Bone a Prayer | Ashley Blooms
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This is my favorite book of #February & very close to my fave of the year. #2ndbookof2021 #12booksof2021 @Andrew65
Blooms is a local author who wrote a unique debut novel. She uses magical realism to explain the effects of trauma in the story of a young girl growing up in a poor family (assuming in Appalachia). Can‘t wait for Blooms‘ 2nd book this February.

Andrew65 Sounds interesting. 6mo
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Scochrane26
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1. Tagged and Transcendent Kingdom
2. Indoors. I need to get my porch screen repaired so I can read out there with my cat this summer.
3. #bookspinbingo
#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

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Scochrane26
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Wow. This is an amazing, unique book. A debut novel by a Ky writer. The story of Misty & her family in Appalachia, the hardships that women cope with, & ultimately, the hope in our lives. Gave me some Bastard out of Carolina vibes, but the sexual abuse isn‘t detailed like in Bastard. Instead, Blooms uses magical realism to help you feel what a victim feels—the disassociation, loneliness, fear, shame, feeling you body isn‘t your own. 👇

Scochrane26 A little weird at times, but I love that Blooms is able to use her experience with trauma to explain how it feels in a unique way. I think a lot of Littens would really love this book. My #doublespin for February. @TheAromaofBooks 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 1y
TNbookworm Great review👍 1y
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Scochrane26
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Starting this book today & love that she included a note detailing the trigger warnings & gave permission for readers to set it aside. She also disclosed that she has PTSD & is a survivor.

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BookingitwithSandra
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I‘m sitting at the Vet and this book is next on my list to read. Although the title fits how my dogs feel when they go to the vet, this book is hardly about dogs or vets but it is about Trauma, hope and renewal. I‘m excited to read this book.

Scochrane26 I just found out about this book the other day, it‘s by a local writer that I didn‘t know about. I found it at my library, so I‘ll be checking it out soon. 2y
BookingitwithSandra @Scochrane26 That is cool that the author is local to you! I have no idea where I even got it from, I just thought it sounded good. 2y
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HeatherBlue
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Well that was an odd little book...