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Turnback Creek [Paperback]

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A man gains and loses many things on his journey from birth to death. Toward the end of life, it seems a man loses more than he gains. Retired heavy-equipment operator Cole Emerson has lost his wife, is about to lose his only sister, and is estranged from his daughter. He sells his trailer in Oklahoma and moves into his sister Elsie's house on Hardman Lake, a sprawling man-made impoundment in the lush Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri. Elsie is dying. During the day, Cole cooks, cleans, and tries to keep her comfortable, napping when she naps, adapting his needs to her schedule. At night, he escapes into the dark solitude of Hardman Lake to fish for bass and clear his head, until one night in Turnback Creek he sees a mysterious girl who awakens in him a young man's desires and old buried memories.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   65
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 30, 2007
Publisher   Texas Review Press
ISBN  1933896078  
ISBN13  9781933896076  

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More About Lonnie Busch

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lonnie Busch has worked as a painter and illustrator, creating artwork for corporations and institutions across the United States, including the 2002 "Greetings from America" stamps and the 2004 "Summer Olympics" stamp for the US Postal Service. His short stories have appeared in such publications as The Minnesota Review, The Baltimore Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and The Southeast Review. Stories of his have also been finalists in the World's Best Short Short Story Competition in 2004 and the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction in 2005. His most recent projects include the cover for Jimmy Buffett's latest novel, A Salty Piece of Land, as well as a block of forty new stamps for the Postal Service entitled "Wonders of America," which debuted in May of 2006.

Lonnie Busch was born in 1952.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Turnback Creek?

This novella made me mad!  Jan 29, 2008
It continues to turn me inside out with righteous wrath whenever I read a really fine book published by an academic press that has received little critical attention. This novella is a small gem-- filled with a lush and generous spirit and language that repeatedly had me muttering, "Damn, I wish I'd written that!"
Cole is no stranger in his spent-ness, his lonely isolation. This character's late-night fishing expeditions and his cautious awakening to hope are breathtakingly described. Busch's book should be read, and read widely. We need more truth and beauty in our lives!
Characters so rich they haven't left me  Jan 16, 2008
Award-winning short story writer Lonnie Busch conquers a new genre with his debut novella, Turnback Creek. Rich in imagery inspiring to young and old, Busch paints a portrait of an aging protagonist so rich in reality it makes you empathize with him even if you're decades from his age and circumstance. Months after finishing the tale the characters still resonate with me; their portrayal so honest I cannot expel them from my mind. Cole is at the final stages of his life, but he fights to maintain his vitality as he exorcises demons from his past and ghosts from his present.

I cannot recommend this book enough. Take an afternoon to yourself and discover characters so real you feel as if they've become a part of you.
Get on the Bandwagon Early  Jan 14, 2008
I want to heartily recommend buying Lonnie Busch's debut Novella, TURNBACK CREEK. It is at a perfect length for reading in one sitting, which is a good thing because you will find it very hard to put down.

The story is immediately gripping, a mystery that will be draw you into an elaborate meditation on mortality, loss, yearning and remorse. Primarily night scenes, in a bass boat, along coves and streams feeding an extended reservoir system... It's pretty damn good nature writing as well.

Lonnie Busch has had a string of short stories published around. This is his debut in book length. Buy it! Read it! There is going to be more quality fiction from this author.
Love and Redemption  Dec 14, 2007
With masterful imagery and metaphor, Lonnie Busch tells a story of desire and dreams set against love and redemption. The main character, Cole, has come to the area to care for his dying sister. Cole's escape from the prison of her sickness and from his own daughter and her problems is night fishing. When Cole meets a young girl, the lake and night become his reality. As Cole's relationship deepens with the girl, the reader learns of Cole's family and his childhood with his sister, along with the lack of communication with his daughter. In the end Cole makes a decision. Mr. Busch's lyrical syle and dramatization of the mundane lends beauty and depth to this story.
The visual artist as writer  Dec 13, 2007
Lonnie Busch translates his accomplishments as a visual artist to the written word in Turnback Creek. A brief moment in time springs to life in dimensions a visual image could never fully render. Turnback Creek fearlessly explores the internal dynamics of memory, imagination, lust, guilt, hope and desire. The visual background of night fishing displays the artist's touch. The words flow with power and economy, painting a calm landscape of night fishing expeditions that provide an entry point to one man's inner turmoil.

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