Earth (Elemental Journey Series Book 1)

In rural Missouri in the 1970s, thirteen year old Pearl Swinton has just had her first mystical vision There is no place for Pearl s gift in the bloody reality of subsistence farming and rural poverty As her visions unfold, she must find her way in a family and a community that react with fear and violence When Pearl discovers that her Aunt Nadine, the family shame, hIn rural Missouri in the 1970s, thirteen year old Pearl Swinton has just had her first mystical vision There is no place for Pearl s gift in the bloody reality of subsistence farming and rural poverty As her visions unfold, she must find her way in a family and a community that react with fear and violence When Pearl discovers that her Aunt Nadine, the family shame, has a similar gift, she bicycles across the state to find her That trip unexpectedly throws Pearl into a journey to save her runaway sister and sends her into a deep exploration of herself, her visions, and her visceral relationship to the earth Told with fierce lyricism, Earth is a story about the importance of finding one s own truth and sense of self in dire circumstances and against the odds It is also a story about the link between understanding ourselves and our relationship with the earth In this first of the four book Elemental Journey Series that will follow Pearl across continents and into adulthood, Caroline Allen introduces a form of storytelling that is unflinching in its honesty, filled with compassion, and underscored with originality Includes a thought provoking Book Group Guide.
Earth Elemental Journey Series Book In rural Missouri in the s thirteen year old Pearl Swinton has just had her first mystical vision There is no place for Pearl s gift in the bloody reality of subsistence farming and rural poverty

  • Title: Earth (Elemental Journey Series Book 1)
  • Author: Caroline Allen
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  • Page: 463
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. This book was both enthralling and off-putting at the same time due to the subject matter. Pearl lives in extreme poverty in an abusive home and she suffers from uncontrollable visions that makes her totally odd and stand out as different to those around her. As she struggles to be normal in a world where normal is not always recognizable she tries to connect to her true self thru the earth. Her family works the earth to make a living and it is a brutal struggle for them but Pearl loves the land [...]

    2. Remarkable, memorable writing — Caroline Allen is a new and important voiceRaw. Gritty. Sensuous. Caroline Allen’s "Earth" sucked me into the story of Pearl Swinton, a young girl haunted by visions that threaten to destroy her. Are they a gift or a curse? Allen dives deeply into Pearl’s chaotic world, where nothing tethers her to the earth but her own longing to be normal. Everything about Pearl’s life makes it difficult — if not impossible — to survive. Her beloved sister, Meghan fl [...]

    3. Please check out all of my reviews at ultraviolentlit!In 1970s rural Missouri, Pearl’s family is poor, living off subsistence farming and her father’s hunting trips. The surrounding land formerly belonged to the Osage people, but they have been run off the land by agriculture and development. Pearl is thirteen-years-old, helping her mother in the vegetable garden, when she experiences her first vision – an Osage woman comes to her, bringing visions of the earth’s destruction through ecol [...]

    4. I just heard about this book. It tied for the Gold award for Midwest -- Best Regional Fiction in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards. From the description it sounds wonderful!

    5. I loved reading Earth, but I must say: it challenged me at every turn. Here is the toughest of tough loves, the grittiest of hard-scrabble lives, and the near blighting of its main character’s young life by poverty, desperation, cruelty, and even by good intentions. If you shy away from violence – even emotional violence – in the books you read, you may find this one rather difficult. But I promise you, if you put your trust in Caroline Allen’s storytelling and in her generous understand [...]

    6. Visions and Awakenings: a Review of Caroline Allen’s novel Earth In rural Missouri, Pearl Swinton learns early that to survive the brutality of her abusive father and the family’s poverty and indifference, she will have to “raise [herself] up.” What makes Pearl’s story unique from other stories of impoverished and abusive homes where a child’s strength ultimately must rise above the brutality—and there are many great examples in literature, think Bastard Out of Carolina—is the f [...]

    7. Earth, by Caroline Allen“Writing about my ancestors caused me much pain, their lives such dreadful drudgery, their despair as recurring as the seasons. But I couldn’t seem to avoid their story. My story seemed to be accessed down that icy path, that arduous, slippery slope.I just knew when my grandparents’ stars burned out, their stories, like their meager belongings, would be dispersed. Mother and Father were unwilling to fill in the blanks, terrified of what specters such remembering mig [...]

    8. "The one who tells the stories rules the world." Gorgeous in the writing about earth, nature- and heavy on the heart when reading about gifted/cursed Pearl and her uncontrollable mystical visions. Set in rural Missouri in the 1970s, Pearl's family isn't so open about embracing her sight. Bound to the earth by working the land, life is hard and has ravaged not just her parents faces but their souls as well. Why her parent's fear what's happening to her is tangled up in her father's memory of bein [...]

    9. The whole book reads like a metaphor for life. Caroline Allen clearly has a good grip on the struggles adolescents face growing up which is why Earth is a exceptional book. It hooks you in with it's hidden messages and holds onto you until you've read every last page and are left wanting more.Caroline Allen winds her writing into dark places where thorns will scratch at your skin and your blood will boil. The captivating detail of her writing moves you so deeply you'll find yourself questioning [...]

    10. Earth by Caroline AllenWhen a high school classmate is asked to give a one word compliment about Pearl Swinton, the protagonist of Caroline Allen’s novel, the best he can come up with is “different.” Growing up poor in in rural Missouri, Pearl, a sensitive teenager who experiences visions and who also has a profound connection to the land that her family farms, seems destined to live life as an outsider. She struggles to understand her ancestral visions, many of which come to her from Osag [...]

    11. Earth is the debut novel of author Caroline Allen, and in it we found a connection to one of the elements. The protagonist of the story is a thirteen year old farm girl from Missouri, who has visions of turning into a tree. While on the surface, that seems to be the case, the novel is actually about what it means to be ‘different’. The family is slightly dysfunctional – the mother is aloof and detached, the older sister has run away, and the father is abusive and strict. All our protagonis [...]

    12. Earth is a profound exploration of humanity’s relationship with nature and each other under the burden of poverty. Set in rural Missouri the novel portrays a poverty-torn family that’s living off of their farm and surrounding woods. The descriptions of this hard life are beautiful and intense, oftentimes brutal. Pearl, the protagonist has mystical visions that put her at painful odds with the way her family is used to treating the land and the animals. We see this conflict sharply in the eve [...]

    13. “My story was a lack of story, a poverty of legend, a dearth of poetry. I wanted to tell Mother that our being poor wasn’t just about food—we were starved for legend.”Caroline Allen’s EARTH is powerful, poetic, and thrilling. Pearl Swinton is a young girl on a farm in Missouri who has visions of the painful connectedness of earth and people, while her hard-beaten parents and neighbors shut up their stories and tear up the ground. Everyone is always telling her what she has to do to “ [...]

    14. Caroline Allen masterfully weaves thought-provoking themes throughout Earth in a way that allows readers to consider, reflect, and decide for themselves. What happens when someone else writes your history? How far do you go to help someone you love before being dragged down with that person? What does it take to break out of the pattern of your ancestors? The protagonist, Pearl, has poverty, society, history, and debilitating visions going against her—but in each of those obstacles she finds s [...]

    15. Earth is a heartfelt story that's both worth telling and well told. Allen's plot is strong - - it's hard to stop reading the book once you start. With a few exceptions, the characters are complex, and the family dynamics are an equal part love, anger, fear, and pride. Allen is a sensitive, insightful writer, and it's well worth a reader's time to follow Pearl on her journey. While the beginning and middle sections are strong, the last chapter is rushed with too many characters having far too man [...]

    16. I work for the publisher Booktrope Editions. From the first page of Caroline Allen's Earth I was drawn into the story of Pearl, a 13-year-old growing up in poverty in rural Missouri. Pearl is extraordinarily sensitive observer and through Pearl, we see the earth as a place that connects us to ourselves. Pearl's story is ultimately about finding herself and her voice and it's told in an emotionally vivid way that carried me through the novel and tore into my own sense of self. There is a Pearl in [...]

    17. I rarely read fiction, and if I do it's generally something old which has stood the test of time and been shown to still have value. But I was taken on a journey by this book. I had forgotten the power of story in truth-telling. It resonated with me on a personal level in more than one way, but as a novel in its own right, the writing is supberb with characters so real you expect them to walk into the room at any moment. The descriptive, unique style also paints pictures with words worthy of any [...]

    18. I was left with a profound sense of hoping upon finishing this novel For Caroline Allen and what awaits her readers with the three other novels that will round out this series For the main character, Pearl, who is amazingly unscathed in the end For the mom, the sister, best friend Jason, and even her step-dad. It's a very raw tale of family, poverty, the earth, and story. A few character discrepancies were a bit distracting, but I'm hardly one to judge in that regard.

    19. Hmmmm. I nearly didn't finish his book then I became interested in the outcome. The writing style is very poetic which I don't love so much unless the characters have drawn me in. Some will love the prose. The story is so dark then takes a sudden positive turn. I was confused. Not sure if I will read the second book. If Pearl stays on my mind I will follow her in Air.

    20. In this deeply moving story about Pearl's connection to earth, Ms.Allen informs us about our relationship with nature and the spiritual interconnectedness of life on earth. This book is highly recommended for those who wish to experience the real world around them and awaken their spirituality.

    21. What a great book! I rarely give 5 star ratings, but this book deserves that and more. A voice as powerful, as raw as William Faulkner. Very well done, Ms Allen!

    22. Loved the character and the writing. I found the very last chapter odd, but see it's the segue into the sequel. I plan to read that, Air, too.

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