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by Katherine Leiner

Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Katherine Leiner
ISBN: 045121160X
ISBN13: 978-0451211606
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (March 2, 2004)
Pages: 304
Fb2 eBook: 1473 kb
ePub eBook: 1969 kb
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Above it are flower beds filled with tall orange poppies, their wide black eyes huge; cow parsley and yellow marigolds; lavender asters; mounds of honeysuckle growing over the side fence; and ivy.

Katherine Leiner wonder if it is deliberately haphazard. I think it must be. The cottage has a Dutch door and the top is wide-open. As he pulls the latch on the bottom and I go in ahead of him through the mudroom and another open door, I realize how nervous I am. I am trying to contain myself. The immediate feel of the place as I look around is that it is delightfully warm and gracious.

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Katherine Leiner has been writing since she was a child. She has published many award-winning books for children and young adults and, more recently, her first novel for adults, Digging Out, published by Penguin. She is working on another novel due out in 2012. Books by Katherine Leiner.

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Years after fleeing to the . to escape the tragedy in her small Welsh town that had nearly cost her life and destroyed her family, Alys Davies rebuilds her life, marries, and finds success as a poet, until a new tragedy forces her to confront the terrors of the past by returning to Wales and facing her memories of loss and love.

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Katherine Leiner has been writing since she was a child. She has published many award-winning books for children and young adults and, more recently her first novel for adults, Digging Out, published by Penguin. Alongside his photography, Andrew Lipton is a lawyer specializing in environmental and chemical exposure litigation.

A child pointed out accusingly that the arrivals board still read ON TIME a plain old li. I hope you don't mind my tracking you down, she'd said. You're the only Yazdans in the book and I just couldn't resist calling you to find out how things were going. Jin-Ho, it seemed, was doing marvelously.

A child pointed out accusingly that the arrivals board still read ON TIME a plain old lie. Several teenagers wandered off to the unlit waiting area just across the corridor. A little girl in pigtails fell asleep on a vinyl chair, the button on her green plaid blouse proclaiming COUSIN.

Years after fleeing to the U.S. to escape the tragedy in her small Welsh town that had nearly cost her life and destroyed her family, Alys Davies rebuilds her life, marries, and finds success as a poet, until a new tragedy forces her to confront the terrors of the past by returning to Wales and facing her memories of loss and love. A first novel. Original.
Comments to eBook Digging Out
Delaath
I have never been moved to tears so many times in a book before. Beautiful, emotional, thoughtful, an incredible attention to detail. I look forward to the author's next book.
Blackbrand
Life is a series of survival tests, Alys Davis learned early on as a child in Wales. A landslide when she was a child left her wheelchair bound for months, and she was the lucky one. Many other children were less fortunate, and lost their lives. Even when the pain left her limbs, she spent years enduring the glares of those who lost children when she lived. Then, she met Evan, and found love in his arms; but had to leave when she learned she was pregnant.
The years passed, and once again she found love, this time in America with a composer. He raised her son as his own, and gave her a daughter. She only learned of his lies after his sudden death. It is only the first death she will have to cope with; her own father's illness takes her back to Wales, and Evan. Alys must face the past to find her future.
** Ordinary life is filled with dramas that seem small unless you are in the middle of them. Alys' is one too familiar, albeit extraordinary, as are all crises. Ms Leiner's novel is so real that you probably have only to look in the mirror to know someone who has experienced the like. **
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.
porosh
I liked the plot summary I'd read and the fact that it was based on a true story. Leiner's story describes an area I love and know well, so I was looking forward to that aspect. The attractive cover of the book appealed as well, and included interest-piquing praise on the back cover. So when I eagerly dove into this book, I was fully expecting to love it. Not by a long shot! I found her writing cliched and self-conscious. The text had grammatical and other errors that were distracting and unprofessional. The book has the hook of an interesting story line, which is why I'm giving it 2 stars, but it's poorly executed and needs an editor. It made me wonder whether Leiner's writing strengths perhaps lie in her other areas of nonfiction and children's fiction, because this debut adult novel was a big disappointment for me.
Inerrace
In 1966, in Aberfan, Wales, an unthinkable disaster struck: a tip slide devastated the town, burying houses, schools, farms and people. 116 children were killed, creating an intolerable void in the lives of all who inhabited the small mining town. Author Katherine Leiner, a teenager at the time of the tragedy, joined the world in communal grief over the tremendous loss. The real-life story of the disaster haunted Leiner her entire life.
Out of that disaster was born the character Alys Davies. Using Aberfan's great misfortune as a backdrop, Leiner wrote DIGGING OUT, a story about Alys Davies, a child who survived being buried by the mudslide, only to find herself buried alive in so many other ways later in life.
Alys is one of only a handful of children who are pulled out alive from the mire that covered the town. She struggles for months, even years, after the event to physically and psychologically recover from the loss of her best friend and a large percentage of the town. In the aftermath, the entire community suffers. Her father, held responsible by many of the townsfolk, turns to alcohol to quell his personal demons. Her mother retreats inward, becoming more and more aloof from her children. As neighbors, family and friends try to come to grips with their suffocation, Alys, too, finds her world becoming narrower. One young man, Evan, befriends her, falls in love with her and supports her throughout. He becomes her raison d'etre, and yet, somehow, this isn't enough for her.
Alys is the walking wounded and seeks escape as the only means to rise above the emotional muck that is keeping her --- and all those around her --- down. Still a teen, she follows her older sister to the United States, where she eventually marries, starts a family and forges a career as a poet. Thirty years pass and it takes another family tragedy to make Alys realize that changing geography never truly helped her dig out from under her past. And, in fact, she has only managed to bury herself all over again by ignoring the past and even ignoring the truth that is her present.
Leiner's language is beautiful and powerful. One cannot help but feel swallowed up from the very beginning by the overwhelming loss experienced by all the main characters. There is an oppression and sadness in Aberfan that Leiner's evocative writing brings right to the surface of the story and maintains throughout all the flashback scenes. And, conversely, when Alys returns home finally to face her parents and the town, the words on the page open up, as if Moses just parted the waters. The release is as refreshing as the mudslide was suffocating. In DIGGING OUT, Leiner reminds us that loss, to whatever degree, is an integral part of life, and to survive it one has to learn how to swim, how to keep one's head above the muddy waters.
Leiner's debut novel has me looking forward to reading her future work. Clearly she is an author I want to keep my eye on. I think you will want to too.
--- Reviewed by Roberta O'Hara
Best West
Alys Davies' soul became buried under tons of coal in a Welsh Three Mile Island-type disaster, a historical event rendered brilliantly in Katherine Leiner's debut novel of love, loss, and going home again. Alys' future is hardly more certain than her past. She must face Evan, the man she abandoned for the United States, and confront at last the complex web of family, duty, love, loyalty, and shame. It's no easy task, and Alys seems to have lived a life of denial, at least in pop psychology terms. But the grieving that she experiences over the tearing apart of her family eventually surfaces, layer by layer of loamy Welsh soil, until the hard coal of home truths becomes a diamond of redemption. Leiner's prose sparkles with multiple facets, and her characters are no less dimensional.
Kagaramar
Beautifully written tale of tragedy and growth. I was impressed at the author's ability to make me feel anger, relief, sadness and happiness. I also enjoyed seeing the main character grow throughout her tragedy and painful experiences. I really enjoyed this book as well as the setting in Wales. Can be a tad depressing if you aren't in the mood for heavy topics and tragedy.
Vudogal
I was deeply moved by Katherine Leiner's debut novel about a woman who ultimately triumphs over fear and loss. As a young girl in Wales Alys Davies is one of a handful of survivors of a tragic accident that claims the lives of hundreds of children. As a mature woman, still burdened by memories, she struggles to live fully, emotionally, with an open heart. I was drawn into Alys's story from the opening pages. The style of the novel, contrasting the lyricism of the Welsh past with the halting struggles toward 'breath' of the present, is particularly effective. I highly recommend this book.
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