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A Better Life Kindle Edition
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|Length: 384 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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After a childhood spent dreaming of escape from rural squalor, Hollis Dixon is at long last ready to begin a better life at a prominent east coast university. When an unexpected pregnancy and tragic death make him a single father, Hollis fears his hardships may prove inescapable. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains in the late-twentieth century this coming of middle-age novel about making a living and missing a life is a haunting portrait of an American family in crisis. Rebecca Burgess has crafted a stunning debut offering an unflinching view from the material-era trenches.
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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
25 September 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
A beautiful & sad story, so true to life too, people don't communicate enough, get caught up in the rush of life. And what an unexpected ending.
Frank A. Sykes
A Better Life
2 October 2009 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
This book was a nice summer read. It was well written. It wasn't terrific but for the most part I enjoyed the characters.
Stunning novel by first time author
4 September 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
This book takes an unflinching look at a family held together and torn apart by a patriarch driven to give his children everything he never had, even as he withholds from them the only thing they've ever really needed, a father. Rebecca Burgess has written a stunning novel, populated by characters who are impossible to turn away from, even as the frankness of the narration turns their pained existances very real for the reader. They are allowed redemption, but not without a price, and there is no pie in the sky. Through Burgess's deft deptiction, the small victories in A Better Life feel life changing, and the life changing events startling by a lack of sentimentality in the prose. A Better Life is, quite simply, a beautifully written book.
Phenomenal American Writer
30 June 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
3 people found this helpful.
A Better Life, by Rebecca Burgess, follows one family's struggles to move beyond their past. In this amazing chronicle, Ms. Burgess has created a character-focused and character-driven novel, that nevertheless keeps the reader turning pages late into the night to see what will happen next. The characters in A Better Life experience and engender terrible darkness, yet Ms. Burgess' empathy brings them so close that you care deeply about how they will fare. She writes with humor, honesty, and a finely tuned sense of irony. If you love to be the first among your friends to discover amazing talent, read Rebecca Burgess' stunning novel A Better Life.
3 January 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
This story had me hooked from the beginning! Such a great, wild, creative story line! It was never what I expected it to be. I would definitely reccommend it.
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