Firebird by Janice Graham

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In the end, I'm not sure who the ideal audience for this book is, but I know it doesn't include me...Even if you devour stories with rural charm, the maudlin prose and Ethan's unsympathetic character make Firebird one to avoid.
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In the tradition of The Horse Whisperer comes a novel from the heart that tells a story of universal truths--of the love between men and women and mothers and daughters; of

passion that transcends tragedy; of promises made and promises kept. Janice Graham's Firebird is an extraordinarily accomplished first novel that will be published around the world and has been named a main selection of the Literary Guild, already marking this as one of the most noteworthy debuts of 1998 and assuring Graham a brilliant future as a greatly beloved storyteller. Set in the majestic Flint Hills of Kansas, Firebird tells of a man caught between two women--one who shares his life and his dream of land and cattle; the other a stranger whose love threatens to destroy the dream he has built. Ethan Brown is a gentleman rancher--an Ivy-educated lawyer who is as comfortable amongst his books as he is at ease in the company of cowboys. Engaged to the daughter of the wealthiest landowner in the county, he is within reach of the life he has worked so hard to achieve. Annette Zeldin enters Ethan's life when she returns from Europe to settle her mother's estate. A concert violinist, she feels every inch the outsider in the closed ranching community of Cottonwood Falls and clings to her darling young daughter, her lifeline. The time Annette spends with Ethan in his office offers her moments of comfort and communion, and before long, both must acknowledge the passion growing between them. Annette and Ethan begin a clandestine, transcendent affair that promises to change the landscape of their lives, but is too soon torn apart by tragedy. Yet their connection is soul-deep and everlasting, and their love transforms the lives of those around them in ways subtle and unknown long after its embers have died down. Graham skillfully infuses the novel with ethereal touches that transport the reader from the vast prairies of the Midwest to the intimate realm of the heart. Firebird is a novel that richly articulates the enduring possibilities of love; it is a novel impossible to forget.

* A Literary Guild Main Selection

 

About Janice Graham

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A Kansas native with an MA in French, Janice Graham studied film at the University of Southern California where she began her career as a screenwriter. She lived abroad for more than fifteen years, primarily in Greece, Israel and Paris. She currently resides in Kansas City with her daughter, Gabrielle.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by Putnam. 301 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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All About Romance

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Reviewed by Blythe Barnhill on Nov 01 2013

In the end, I'm not sure who the ideal audience for this book is, but I know it doesn't include me...Even if you devour stories with rural charm, the maudlin prose and Ethan's unsympathetic character make Firebird one to avoid.

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