The time is the late 1970s. The place is the windswept heartland of America. The woman is Tully-- defiant young rebel with an agonizing secret, devoted friend faced with a shattering betrayal, impassioned lover haunted by a man whose touch is more powerful than all her pain.
But in the years to come, beyond the torments and marvels of adolescence, into a world where men will vie for her and lie to her, Tully will dare to win everything, and risk losing it all, in one raw, reckless gamble of the heart.
From Paullina Simons comes an astonishing novel about passion and loss, love and revelation; about friendship that endures through lifetimes, and even beyond death; and about one unforgettable woman named Tully, struggling to make sense of it all.
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Studio: Harpercollins Pub, Ltd.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.64" Width: 5.04" Height: 1.73" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Oct 9, 1995
Publisher Harpercollins Pub, Ltd.
ISBN 0006490018 ISBN13 9780006490012
Availability 0 units.
More About Paullina Simons
Paullina Simons is the author of the acclaimed novels Tully, Red Leaves, Eleven Hours, and The Bronze Horseman. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, she graduated from Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas, and has lived in Rome, London, and Dallas. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and half of her children.
Paullina Simons currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas. Paullina Simons was born in 1963.
For me, this book started off a bit slow. I thought it was kind of cheesy or too intense in the first bit. But it didn't take long for me to get so involved in it! It is a long book and I read it very quickly because I had to know what would happen. It is a very real book and I really connected with the characters. It is great! As are her other books, but this is her best in my opinion.
Paullina Simons' First Effort Nov 25, 2007
I had read her "Bronze Horseman" and "Tatiana and Alexander" so was curious to see how her first effort was. It was long, as are all her works. After a slow start, it was worth reading but don't expect everyone to live happily ever after. In that it is like real life, but some readers don't like that in a fiction book. I enjoyed it and was glad that I read it. Not as good as the others I read, though.
My Favorite Book! Jul 21, 2007
This was by far one of my favorite books ever! I have already read it several times and I just ordered a new copy. Once I started this book, I could not stop reading! Truly a great story :)
How Depressing!! Jan 10, 2007
This story left me depressed and frustrated. I felt compassion for Tully in the beginning, and kept reading, waiting for the book to show Tully rising above her abused past, but by the end of the book I only felt sorry for the 'victims' of Tully's selfishness and destruction. If only there would have been a few more silver linings in the never ending dark clouds. It is an interesting depiction of what it would be like to care about a person who comes from an abusive past.
Great Book Sep 8, 2006
This review is more targeted as a response to certainly reviewers who criticize Tully as a character. Before I state anything, I'll just say that I can completely understand his complaints about Tully as a character in the novel--however, they are not valid reasons not to buy the book.
Tully's behavior is consistent to that of an abused, abandoned child who is insecure.
I would advise anyone who reads this novel to pay attention to how Tully's observations, views and opinions about the children in the Foster Care system reflect on Tully herself and NOT as a statement about abused children.
I think there is a line where Tully states that all abused or orphaned children have "self-pity issues." So too does Tully. She has problems finding a voice, discussing emotions, admitting she needs help or accepting a stable home as she is convinced it will never last.
This is a spectacular novel. Well written. I don't know about cutting 100 pages, but you could cut 30. However, I enjoyed it so much that the extra 30 pages were a joy to read and really enriched the story for me. The ending is solid, so I didn't wish that the book would have kept going upon conclusion, but I certainly would have read a much longer book about this character, especially since Paullina aced her so well.