Strong Hollow

In her bold debut novel, Linda Little has crafted a story where music, creativity, and sexuality merge, as a young Nova Scotian carver embarks on a profound discovery of his sense of self Strong Hollow tells the story of Jackson Bigney, a young man coping with a crippling past of repression, alcoholism, and poverty.Failure seems built in to Jackson s life His father, a bIn her bold debut novel, Linda Little has crafted a story where music, creativity, and sexuality merge, as a young Nova Scotian carver embarks on a profound discovery of his sense of self Strong Hollow tells the story of Jackson Bigney, a young man coping with a crippling past of repression, alcoholism, and poverty.Failure seems built in to Jackson s life His father, a brutal man with a short fuse, despises his son, and Jackson s brothers thrive on drinking, violence and petty crime Jackson finds solace only by carving tiny objects acorns, field mice, bottle caps and leaves as he has done since childhood The day Jackson finds his father dead in a ditch beside the MacIntyre road is the day he begins his own metamorphosis.At nineteen, the seventh of nine children and the eldest still at home, Jackson seems predestined to follow in the feckless footsteps of his father He becomes silent and empty, unable to feel or to articulate emotion Setting himself up as a bootlegger, Jackson builds a small cabin He lives only in the present, expecting no from life than work, alcohol, and empty sex One summer, Jackson meets Ian Sutherland, an accomplished fiddler and a powerful attraction develops between them Twenty nine and in love for the first time, Jackson feels alive with anticipation and fulfilment Inevitably, at summer s end, Ian leaves and Jackson is shattered.Seeking to fill the void in this life, Jackson begins to restore a derelict fiddle At a music shop in Halifax, he meets an accepting circle of friends And as the fiddle takes shape, Jackson s perceptions of himself begin to change and he realizes that how the world sees you is how you come to see yourself.
Strong Hollow In her bold debut novel Linda Little has crafted a story where music creativity and sexuality merge as a young Nova Scotian carver embarks on a profound discovery of his sense of self Strong Hollo

  • Title: Strong Hollow
  • Author: Linda Little
  • ISBN: 9780864923516
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Strong Hollow”

    1. In her debut novel Linda Little tells the story of a reticent and socially backward young man named Jackson Bigney. Early in the novel Jackson finds the body of his hard-living, hard-drinking father in a ditch not far from the family home in rural Nova Scotia. The death of his father represents a turning point for Jackson and the rest of the Bigney family. Jackson's mother is left to run the farm and Jackson--who after enduring nineteen years of emotional and physical terrorism at the hands of h [...]

    2. Linda Little has strung every one of my nerves to it's absolute breaking point with the haunting narrative in this book. I felt so deeply and so strongly for Jackson (the book's main character) - I felt my heart would break in two. Growing up in rural Nova Scotia I met and lived alongside families much like the one in this book. Linda has crafted a story around the mentality of the generation I grew up in. I felt transported back to my growing up years. Each word has been carefully chose to evok [...]

    3. started slow, grabbed me as I went along, Jackson is a good complex character -- I want to know how he makes out

    4. Strong Book. I think this was her first novel, quite detailed and gripping and moving even. Love that she gets a hyper masculine closet case.

    5. Heart wrenching story of a man trying to find peace within himself and the joy he eventually found in an unexpected place.

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