Item description for Flickering Light (Portraits Of Heart V1) by Jane Kirkpatrick...
Overview Serving as an assistant in F.J. Bauer's studio, fifteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele is trained in the artistry and business of photography, but she is unnerved by a growing attraction to her married tutor.
Publishers Description Returning to her Midwest roots, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick draws a page from her grandmother's photo album to capture the interplay between shadow and light, temptation and faith that marks a woman's pursuit of her dreams. She took exquisite photographs, but her heart was the true image exposed. Fifteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele loves nothing more than capturing a gorgeous Minnesota landscape when the sunlight casts its most mesmerizing shadows. So when F.J. Bauer hires her in 1907 to assist in his studio and darkroom, her dreams for a career in photography appear to find root in reality. With the infamous hazards of the explosive powder used for lighting and the toxic darkroom chemicals, photography is considered a man' s profession. Yet Jessie shows remarkable talent in both the artistry and business of running a studio. She proves less skillful, however, at managing her growing attraction to the very married Mr. Bauer. This luminous coming-of-age tale deftly exposes the intricate shadows that play across every dream worth pursuing-and the irresistible light that beckons the dreamer on.
From Publishers Weekly Historical novelist Kirkpatrick (A Tendering in the Storm) is exceptionally authentic in her use of early 20th-century history. Virtually all the characters are real figures; protagonist Jessie Ann Gaebele is inspired in this biographical fiction by the writer's own grandmother. Jessie Ann loves photography, and when she is hired as an assistant to photographer F.J. Bauer, she learns about the field of her dreams and also about herself, as she finds herself attracted to her married boss, who battles his own feelings in return. Kirkpatrick renders the war among desire, duty and restraint with exquisite nuance. There are no unsympathetic characters in this tangle of relationships. Bauer's wifealso named Jessiemay be difficult to live with, but she has her reasons. The period detaildangerous chemicals used in photography, debilitating and frequent illnesses, the routine constraints on women's choicesoffers a compelling portrait of the time. Kirkpatrick deserves a wide audience for this coming-of-age tale that is aching and hopeful. (Apr.)Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Awards and Recognitions Flickering Light (Portraits Of Heart V1) by Jane Kirkpatrick has received the following awards and recognitions -
Oregon Book Awards - 2011 Finalist - Fiction category
Citations And Professional Reviews Flickering Light (Portraits Of Heart V1) by Jane Kirkpatrick has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 02/09/2009 page 34
Romantic Times - 04/01/2009 page 58
Library Journal - 04/01/2009 page 64
CBA Retailers - 04/01/2009 page 32
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2009 page 98
LJ Best Books of Year - 12/15/2009 page 51
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 980
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 5.23" Height: 1.08" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Apr 14, 2009
Publisher WaterBrook Press
Series Portraits of the Heart
Series Number 1
ISBN 157856980X ISBN13 9781578569809
Availability 0 units.
More About Jane Kirkpatrick
Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning author of many novels, including "A Flickering Light". She is a frequent speaker at conferences and lives in Oregon.
In The Author's Own Words...
If you'd like more information about me, please come visit my website at www.jkbooks.com and click on my blog. My dog also has a blog and you can find out what it's like to be Bodacious Bo, too. A monthly newsletter called Story Sparks is my way of sharing books about authors I enjoy as well as commenting on life and love. You'll find out more about me than you probably ever wanted to know!
One item not listed on my lists of books is my selection included in an anthology called "Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West" published by Houghton Mifflin I also have a piece in Storytellers II, a book published a few years ago by Multnomah Press and a few short selections in Daily Guideposts of a few years back. My first novella, "The Courting Quilt" is part of a collection that made the New York Times bestsellers September 2011 in a collection called Log Cabin Christmas. The rest of my writing, as they say, is history. Or it was until my first contemporary came out this fall. Called Barcelona Calling, it's the story of a writer who loses her way as she seeks fulfillment thinking she'll find it with fame. It's a laugh out loud book according to reviewers. I hope you'll enjoy it.
Jane Kirkpatrick currently resides in Bend, in the state of Oregon. Jane Kirkpatrick was born in 1946.
Jane Kirkpatrick has published or released items in the following series...