[Reading] ➯ The Used World ➷ Haven Kimmel – Ebooks2020.co

[Reading] ➯ The Used World  ➷ Haven Kimmel – Ebooks2020.co chapter 1 The Used World , meaning The Used World , genre The Used World , book cover The Used World , flies The Used World , The Used World abf9fd5117104 It Was Mid December In Jonah, Indiana, A Place Where Fate Can Be Decided By The Weather, And A Storm Was Gathering OverheadSo Haven Kimmel, Bestselling Author Of A Girl Named Zippy, Prepares Us To Enter The Used World A World Where Big Hearts Are Frequently Broken And Sometimes Repaired Where The Newfangled And The Old Fashioned Battle It Out In Daily Encounters Both Large And Small Where Wondrous Things Unfold Just Beneath The Surface Of Everyday Life And Where The Weather Is Certainly Biblical And Might Just Be Prophetic Hazel Hunnicutt S Used World Emporium Is A Sprawling Antique Store That Is The Station At The End Of The Line For Objects That Sometimes Appeared Tricked Into Visiting There Hazel, The Proprietor, Is In Her Sixties, And It S A Toss Up As To Whether She S Attached To Her Mother Or Her Cats She S Also Increasingly Attached To Her Two Employees Claudia Modjeski Freakishly Tall, Forty Odd Years Old Who Might Finally Be Undone By The Extreme Loneliness That S Dogged Her All Of Her Life And Rebekah Shook, Pushing Thirty, Still Living In Her Fervently Religious Father S Home, And Carrying The Child Of The Man Who Recently Broke Her Heart The Three Women Struggle Separately And Together, Through Relationships, Religion, And Work To Find Their Place In This World And It Turns Out That They Are Bound To Each Other Not Only By The Past But Also By The Future, As Not One But Two Babies Enter Their Lives, Turning Their Formerly Used World Brand New Again Astonishing For What It Reveals About The Human Capacity For Both Grace And Mischief, The Used World Forms A Loose Trilogy With Kimmel S Two Previous Novels, The Solace Of Leaving Early And Something Rising Light And SwiftThis Is A Book About All Of America By Way Of A Single Midwestern Town Called Jonah, And The Actual Breathing Histories Going On As Indiana S Stark Landscape Is Transformed By Dying Small Town Centers And Proliferating Big Box Stores And SUVs It S About Generations Of Deception, Anguish, And Love, And The Idiosyncratic Ways Spirituality Plays Out In Individual Lives By Turns Wise And Hilarious, Tender And Fierce, Heartrending And Inspiring, The Used World Charts The Many Meanings Of The Place We Call Home


10 thoughts on “The Used World

  1. says:

    Almost immediately, I became totally immersed in the used world of the primary characters, all of whom are part of an antiques emporium in this small Indiana town We have the owner, Hazel Hunnicutt, whose own history is presented to us in flashbacks her voice is revealed through descriptions of her life her parents, who are deceased, and her sister, whose drug abuse has complicated Hazel s life, provide the backdrop for her choices and now, her employees at the emporium assume the role of family for her.Claudia, a large woman who is often mistaken for a man, has lived a loveless existence, but then an unexpected blessing arrives in the form of an infant a new life that she takes responsibility for and when she adds Rebekah to the mix, she has a family of her own.Rebekah, abandoned and cast out by her father, a fundamentalist Christian who expects her to abide by his rules and restrictions, accepts the love and support of Claudia and later Hazel in order to create an acceptable alternative to the life in which she was born.These three characters could be metaphors for the used goods that they sell in the store castoff individuals unwanted, but serving a purpose of their own.The three women, who support one another, serve as a balm for the ills of the world in which they live.


  2. says:

    The recommendation on the book jacket from Jacquelyn Mitchard, starts, No one can evoke a universe with a safety pin holding up its hem in the way Haven Kimmel can In her third novel, she tells a story of an eccentric collective of women with the majesty of a parable and the poignancy of a country song I can t even write a jacket blurb like that, much less hope to ever be an author I loved this book I admit that Haven Kimmel is one of my favorite authors, and that every single time I walk in the bookstore I head to the fiction shelves in the hope that she has somehow written a book a week And I also admit that some of the coincidences in the book gave me a slight twinge But I am a character addict I love to understand the inhabitants of a book as much as I adore witty dialogue, and to my mind, no one puts the reader in the heads of her people like Kimmel As one of the characters Hazel states, Do you know that our lives don t exist, really or, that s not exactly right, we exist but only as a story and we are the ones who tell it telling the story of your life requires will, and openness, and very often Nature overwhelms our narrative with a narrative of her own Kimmel allows us to see her characters as they are, even if they find different levels of will and openness to do so.


  3. says:

    Did not love this book Sad, since I have loved every other Haven Kimmel book until now It s not that it wasn t well written But it was written like a disorienting dream, which is not my favorite style I like to have at least a smidgen of an idea of what is being referred to in long prose Having said that, there were times when the clouds cleared and the poetic nature of the author shone through And you do have to appreciate a book in which the women are ordinary heroes Favorite quotes Finney blinked, her eyelashes damp with tears, and Hazel could see Finney was happy to be so sad, because he had made her sad, he had sent her away In turning his back to her, he had told her something intimate and they hared it now, and the most Hazel could wish for was to witness it You have somehow come to believe that there s such a thing as love, such a thing as a feeling that is also a priori truth, rather than an invention by the courtly poets And you ve got movies and music and books confirming for you that romantic love is the highest good and it s what everyone is seeking and should be seeking But it s a meager justification for what you ve traded your life for If there is any such thing as that sort of love, as opposed to the perfectly obvious and real love between parents and children, between friends, this ain t it, Finn, and you damn well know it Whose idea was this, anyway Who would think that the best way to propagate the species would be to grow a new one inside a used one She imagined a white coated scientist in a laboratory saying to another, Yeah, yeah that s a good idea Let s put it inwhat part isn t doing anything else And it ll be too big to get out Perfect.


  4. says:

    Haven Kimmel is my girl This book was astonishing The mysteries of these women s lives sort of weave in and out of each other so all these different stories pop up and you see, at the end, how they re all connected Beautiful, beautiful writing It s not laugh out loud funny like A Girl Named Zippy or She Got Up Off the Couch, but there s plenty of wit and quirky character development The story is so moving and poignant, and the characters are so human that I would recommend this book to anyone who liked her other two novels and the way they explore people s real lives, with all their past baggage and trauma and fears and weaknesses, in a generous and sympathetic way This book made feel like Haven Kimmel just really loves people I totally want to be her best friend.


  5. says:

    I had a hard time with this book I almost decided to quit several times out of frustration, but I found there were some parts that really touched me For the record, this is my first Kimmel book, and might be the last, except that so many here value her work so highly I listened to this on audio, and mostly thought the narration too cutesy and cheery for the text, although she lent Rebekah an appropriate sense of innocence The time frames were confusing and sometimes hard to follow, the multiple points of view were sometimes hard to follow as well I found the overly flowery writing annoying in the extreme most of the time, I didn t always care about the sound, smell, and sense of every tiny scene Conversely, sometimes it was perfect The constant digressions into religious philosophy made the book seem a bit like a soap box for the author s concepts, and although I don t disagree, I didn t want to hear all of that in the middle of a story most of the time It didn t usually enlighten me as to who the characters were The most annoying features for me were Hazel s weird dream interludes, and her blatant manipulation of her friends Her personality and voice as a young woman are distinctly different from that as an older woman, and except for the name, I would never have realized the two characters were the same That was immensely unsettling Through the whole book, Hazel never mentioned hating her father, or the relationship between her father and mother, which turned out to be important Vernon s personality also seemed completely out of keeping with certain of his actions as well, which left me very confused The end of the book bugged me completely, I still don t know what happened with the baby at the end, how Hazel ended up in a relationship with Ruth, why she never told Rebekah. A very confusing and unsatisfying ending I also still can t figure out exactly who s gay and who s straight, and while I know that lines aren t always clear, there was enough attention paid to the issue that I would have appreciated a better understanding of what was going on From the outset, I found that the story had a dreamy and annoying drifting quality, as though it couldn t pin itself down, and I almost didn t bother continuing With all of the frustrations I still found enough moments of beautifully written and sometimes startling truth and clarity that I can understand Kimmel s following from that perspective It really left me not knowing how to rate it, a 2 was sort of arbitrary For the first time in a long time, I found I wanted to come to Goodreads to hear other opinions and try to understand this book from another perspective And it does help shed a little light, thanks all


  6. says:

    To me, reading this book was a little like taking a risk, simply because I love Kimmel s Zippy memoirs and feared that this might lead to disappointment Turns out it was, in fact, a huge departure from Zippy, but I loved it anyway There are some fantastic observations I loved the part about women plucking their eyebrows until looking like they were in a permanent state of shock , and a plot as eclectic as The Used World Emporium, where the three female characters work Past and present weave in and out, which can be admittedly frustrating to follow, but eventually pays off There is a sumptuous twist towards the end that made me yell, Ah ha at the book That said, you have to suspend reality a bit to enjoy the story, and I did some skimming when the prose takes off into a theology lesson There are still a few parts that I didn t ENTIRELY understand, but that didn t injure my appreciation of the book Now I m all the anxious to read the other two books in this loose trilogy.


  7. says:

    i am so excited for this bookhaven kimmel read an amazing passage yesterday about the hurt one of the character s experiences in being shunned by her faith community, and how that allows her to experience anew all the memories, good and bad, of that community it was incredible everyone was totally silent the whole time edited to add I finished this book a week ago and it completely changed my dreams I had dreams about these characters, about the many intersecting plotlines, and the many challenges they face That s how real Haven Kimmel makes them you can utterly believe that they lived on after the end of the book, learning from their mistakes and making their lives better It s a beautiful and tragic story, but ultimately spiritually uplifting


  8. says:

    I hate it when people who are really smart and know they re smart write a fiction book I am well educated i.e perfectly capable of using big words and I wanted to gouge my eyes out due to the RIDICULOUS amount of large words and complex sentences in this book It just seemed like the author wanted to use EVERY SINGLE SAT word she ever learned in the course of one sentence The plot is long and drawn out, complicated, and overly difficult I THINK you are supposed to feel sorry for these characters due to their personal struggles, but it was of a pitying sympathy than anything.Don t waste your time or your energy on this one.


  9. says:

    The Used World is as much about plot as it is about character development, but the characters suffer only a little for it Kimmel reminds me of Marilynne Robinson, especially with her focus on religious struggles her characters face, but Robinson is better For my taste, Kimmel seems to leave the big ideas she delves into religion, homosexuality, how we view others hanging, in order to focus on the big climactic moment in the plot Don t get me wrong, the climax is well done and exciting, but it s not haunting or thought provoking the way a continued view of the characters internal struggles could be The theme that was particularly fascinating, despite its incomplete handling, was the idea that who we see other people as or who we want them to be isn t who they are I liked the phrasing the characters used that the Rebekah Claudia sees is just a story that Claudia is telling about Rebekah, for example Ultimately, Hazel is the one telling the story about everyone else in the novel and, despite her misgivings toward the end, I think that she ultimately succeeds The story she is telling about Rebekah and Claudia does become them This is interesting, and confirms Hazel s hope and fear that she holds a lot of power However, I think Kimmel intended to show how people differ so dramatically inside from how we see them, and this intention is lost in order to allow for a satisfying ending as far as the plot.Themes women, family, love, support, religion, homosexuality, mysticism, the past, loneliness, how we perceive others


  10. says:

    I bought this audiobook because I like Haven Kimmel so much, and I d just reread The Solace of Leaving Early Listening to it over the course of two weeks was a little tricky, since Kimmel s structure is convoluted flashbacks, dream sequences I m sure in the book some were even in my much despised italics and antecedent free discussions about him or her plus the usual and much in vogue varied narrator approach However, the story is Kimmel s usual blend of funny one liners, straight on grappling with the dark corners of human nature, and subtle inclusion of plotlines from other books, topped off with a strong helping of belief in human goodness and resiliency If I were Kimmel s editor, though, here would be my advice 1 Don t use CJ Tritt as a narrator Kimmel is a dry, understated writer, and Tritt s over the top delivery is grating If I d known she narrated, I d ve chosen the print edition 2 Pare down some of those Hazel dream sequences Yikes How weird were they The woo woo astrology crap clouds the focus of the story, and the dreams don t help 3 Give Amos, the one good man in the book, something to do That might counteract the fact that all the other men are weak and annoying, or strong and downright terrifying I guess I d also like to reread the book in print It s a mixed bag as an audio experience, but it has kept Haven Kimmel s reptuation as an interesting and rewarding writer intact I m curious what she ll come up with next