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    Free Unlimited eBook s illicit past, the painful truth of her grandparents slow dissolutions, and her own emerging sexuality Where Frankie leads, May follows, and what s left is a murder no one can pin, a family s buried past resurfaced in a wild night of mayhem, and May s safe world blown to Smithereens in this unforgettable tale of betrayal and desire Smithereens is lyrical, eerie and mysterious Stephen King s works are in the same genre, yet while King s evil characters are in your face, Chehak s leave you feeling as if a ghost might have run a finger down your back West Coast Review of books Vivid and intense Smithereens has brooding, ominous atmosphere, sexual awakening, loss of innocence, murder It could be described as a gothic coming of age novel, but it s far too good to lend itself to any label Susan Taylor Chehak is a meticulous writer, an evocative stylist whose mastery is evident on every page Boston Globe Chehak is a very accomplished storyteller, always in control of her narrative, which moves ahead with grace and speed But it s not only the plot that matters to this writer It s the telling little details, particularly of teenage angst and of domestic life that makes the novel rich Smithereens is a novel fully worthy of the title thriller It s hard to put down It has a kind of dark allure The Los Angeles Times A lyrically told story The narrative surges back and forth like a nighttime tide via flashback, present events and foreshadowing, pulling the reader irresistibly along That some teens yearn for both death and life is common knowledge here, Chehak offers a compelling and revealing take on that disturbing truth Publisher s Weekly What is best about Smithereens is its intimate view of the volatile psychosexual bond that can exist between teenage girls, an intimacy often dangerous than whatever sex they find The novel is driven by frustrated lust and its familiar adolescent surrogates shoplifting and voyeurism, drinking and smoking Smithereens fits into a genre you might call bildungsroman noir, whose logic is hormonal and whose brutal dramas unfold at night, in overheated confusion The New York Times Book Review Dark, disturbing and compelling, this is an astonishing read that shouldn t be missed Company England."/>
  • ebook
  • 212 pages
  • Smithereens
  • Susan Taylor Chehak
  • English
  • 23 December 2018

10 thoughts on “Smithereens

  1. Allison Renner Allison Renner says:

    Frankie Crane takes a small town by storm when she travels from Kentucky to Iowa to visit her foster family Mrs Caldwell sent donations to Frankie for seventeen years, so to who else would Frankie turn when she had nowhere to go May Caldwell s life is forever changed when her foster sister shows up to stay for a summer Drama ensues, and the premise was interesting and had potential, but was very slow to develop Then, in half a breath, things escalated and the book was over This was an Frankie Crane takes a small town by storm when she travels from Kentucky to Iowa to visit her foster family Mrs Caldwell sent donations to Frankie for seventeen years, so to who else would Frankie turn when she had nowhere to go May Caldwell s life is forever changed when her foster sister shows up to stay for a summer Drama ensues, and the premise was interesting and had potential, but was very slow to develop Then, in half a breath, things escalated and the book was over This was an instance of too much foreshadowing, hinting at the drama and darkness that had happened before the story started, and then when it was time for the big reveal, things fell flat The writing style seemed to change at the end of the book as well, and it was a little difficult to follow the idea from the start of a sentence to the end Kind of confusing, overall I m still not completely sure about what happened in the book, and in what order


  2. Jenn Jenn says:

    I read this years ago and it s stayed in my mind ever since Excellent storytelling.


  3. Jeanne Jeanne says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Interesting book.Sixteen year old girl tells story of an 18 year old foster sister who comes to stay with her family Unravels the story of her life, insights into the sister Tragic life, really Uncle kills girlfriend , shoots himself but survives, retarded Girl and uncle s friend have a sexual encouter statutory rape if not out right non consensual Sister murders boyfriend, tries to hide by burning the body in girl s family s store s furnance, gas leak, store burns, uncle s frie Interesting book.Sixteen year old girl tells story of an 18 year old foster sister who comes to stay with her family Unravels the story of her life, insights into the sister Tragic life, really Uncle kills girlfriend , shoots himself but survives, retarded Girl and uncle s friend have a sexual encouter statutory rape if not out right non consensual Sister murders boyfriend, tries to hide by burning the body in girl s family s store s furnance, gas leak, store burns, uncle s friend inside Sister runs away, girl goes on


  4. Alissa Alissa says:

    This book wasn t quite what I expected I enjoyed it overall, but it was hard to get into The pacing was rather slow at the beginning, and by the time the action began the book was over somewhat abruptly.


  5. Whitney Whitney says:

    Meh It was reasonably well written, but should have not sold itself as a thriller I found the utter lack of tension rather frustrating.


  6. Claudia Claudia says:

    Evocative prose, interesting story, great writing No spoilers from me, I really liked this book.


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Smithereens❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ Smithereens ⚣ Author Susan Taylor Chehak – Thomashillier.co.uk This compelling novel, set once again in the heartland of America, pairs two unlikely friends in a dark tale of seduction and murder It is May Caldwell s sixteenth summer, and life couldn t be dull in This compelling novel, set once again in the heartland of America, pairs two unlikely friends in a dark tale of seduction and murder It is May Caldwell s sixteenth summer, and life couldn t be dull in Linwood, Iowa Vaguely suicidal and haunted by half remembered scenes from her early childhood, May is a girl waiting for her life to happen And happen it does with the unexpected arrival of Frances Anne Crane, aka Frankie, a girl with too much past and nothing to lose Together they seduce an older man as Frankie awakens all that May has been holding inside the mystery of her uncle Brodie s illicit past, the painful truth of her grandparents slow dissolutions, and her own emerging sexuality Where Frankie leads, May follows, and what s left is a murder no one can pin, a family s buried past resurfaced in a wild night of mayhem, and May s safe world blown to Smithereens in this unforgettable tale of betrayal and desire Smithereens is lyrical, eerie and mysterious Stephen King s works are in the same genre, yet while King s evil characters are in your face, Chehak s leave you feeling as if a ghost might have run a finger down your back West Coast Review of books Vivid and intense Smithereens has brooding, ominous atmosphere, sexual awakening, loss of innocence, murder It could be described as a gothic coming of age novel, but it s far too good to lend itself to any label Susan Taylor Chehak is a meticulous writer, an evocative stylist whose mastery is evident on every page Boston Globe Chehak is a very accomplished storyteller, always in control of her narrative, which moves ahead with grace and speed But it s not only the plot that matters to this writer It s the telling little details, particularly of teenage angst and of domestic life that makes the novel rich Smithereens is a novel fully worthy of the title thriller It s hard to put down It has a kind of dark allure The Los Angeles Times A lyrically told story The narrative surges back and forth like a nighttime tide via flashback, present events and foreshadowing, pulling the reader irresistibly along That some teens yearn for both death and life is common knowledge here, Chehak offers a compelling and revealing take on that disturbing truth Publisher s Weekly What is best about Smithereens is its intimate view of the volatile psychosexual bond that can exist between teenage girls, an intimacy often dangerous than whatever sex they find The novel is driven by frustrated lust and its familiar adolescent surrogates shoplifting and voyeurism, drinking and smoking Smithereens fits into a genre you might call bildungsroman noir, whose logic is hormonal and whose brutal dramas unfold at night, in overheated confusion The New York Times Book Review Dark, disturbing and compelling, this is an astonishing read that shouldn t be missed Company England.


About the Author: Susan Taylor Chehak

Susan Taylor Chehak is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and the author of several novels, including The Great Disappointment, Smithereens, The Story of Annie D and Harmony Her short stories have appeared in Folio, Coe Review, Guernica Magazine, and The Adirondack Review, among other places Susan is also the driving force behind Foreverland Press, an e book publisher devoted to bringing back the backlists of fine writers who might have otherwise been overlooked Other of her online projects include, What Happened To Paula, a collaborative web based investigation into the as yet unsolved murder of a former schoolmate The Truth About Paula O a blogged memoir of Susan s ongoing year investigation into the Paula Oberbroeckling murder case and The Foreverland Chronicles, where she has been working with Kathryn Dow to create a detailed narrative record of Foreverland and its denizens Susan has taught fiction writing in the low residency MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, the UCLA Extension Writers Program, the University of Southern California, and the Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, lives occasionally in Toronto, and at present calls Colorado her home.