Item description for The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God by Timothy Schaffert...
A blithe and redemptive seriocomic love story filled with country music, the ghosts of Halloween, and an ironic brand of down-home religion.
Newly divorced and feeling the pain of separation from his family, Hud Smith channels his regret into writing country-western songs, contemplating life on the lamb with his 8-year-old daughter, and searching cryptic postcards for news of his teenage son who has run off with The Daughters of God, an alternative Gospel-punk band of growing fame. Then he finds himself inching toward reconciliation with his ex, tossing his whole talent for misery into question as they head off in a borrowed school bus, hoping so very tentatively to bring the entire family together again.
In this endearing misadventure that threatens to turn out right in spite of it all, Schaffert writes a thin line between tragedy and hilarity, turning wry humor and a keen sense of the paradoxical onto characters who deserve all the tender care he gives them.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Nov 21, 2005
Publisher Unbridled Books
ISBN 1932961127 ISBN13 9781932961126
Availability 101 units. Availability accurate as of May 23, 2017 04:52.
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More About Timothy Schaffert
Timothy Schaffert is editor-in-chief of "The Reader," Omaha's alternative newsweekly.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God?
Interesting take on a standard story type May 5, 2006
There have been thousands of stories based on broken families in eccentric small-towns, but not many of them are as well-written as this one. The storytelling was fairly tight with enough twists to seperate Schaffert's novel from others.
The characters were rich and interesting, but I would have liked to have known more about some of them. Mrs. Schrock, Ozzie, and Rose either needed to be more fully developed or omitted. The Smith family were believable without being cliche or too familiar. All of the characters worked in illustrating the theme of familial loss, but sometimes they were a smidge too subtle. That said, I'll take subtle over heavy-handed any day, but I was left wanting a bit more.
Overall, I think the novel might have benefitted from another 50 pages or so. Otherwise, it's an engrossing, enjoyable read with characters who will reside in my head for quite some time, I'm sure.
A Warm, Witty Look at Family Feb 26, 2006
Timothy Schaffert's 2nd novel is much more than the typical, quirky rural novel; it's a tender, thoughtful examination of parents and children. I thought it expertly captured that duality we parents all face: our fierce desire to protect and love our children, contrasted with the damage we sometimes inflict upon them, despite our best intentions. Hud, Tuesday and Oz are deeply flawed and barely able to make sense of their own lives, let alone their children's, but that doesn't stop them from loving their children deeply and trying, no matter what, to keep their families together. In the end I cared so much about these characters I wanted to wrap my arms around them and take them home with me. I can't wait until Schaffert's next book.
not a winner Feb 22, 2006
I did not find any of the characters believable! Suspension of disbelief never happened for me: I'm not buying that everyone went trick-or-treating early in celebration of the execution of a man who killed his kids. I'm not buying it that Hud & Tuesday can make a living by playing piano & face painting, respectively.
Not terrible but of a typical type Feb 1, 2006
The poor, the downtrodden, the huddled masses... find your compassion, chuck in a few laughs, and it's off to the races as you watch dysfunctional lives try to become whole. It's well-written, funny and the characters are endearing, but I've now seen so many stories constructed along this line, I want to put up a billboard outside Schaffert's house: "Yes, We Know, Already." My soul wasn't changed by this book, and while it's not a terrible read, it's not one I'm compelled to recommend either.
Eccentricly Wonderful! Dec 28, 2005
Timothy Schaffert's style is takes-no-prisoners wonderful. The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God is filled with characters who have foibles and flaws but who take the reader along on a wonderful ride. As a librarian I can recommend this book to an over-70 crowd knowing they will appreciate it, but more importantly I can give it to my 20-year-old daughter and know she'll love it too. It's a rare writer who appeals to such a wide range of readers. This novel is very nearly perfect.