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"I am a young reader/writer with a ton of ideas. Before graduating home-school, and long before Kindle Bookstore, I wrote and published a novel with an upstart E-book company with a two-year contract. I also wrote an essay “among the top 3% of 5,000 submissions” published by Elder & Leemaur Publishers in 2007. Since then I have received a creative writing degree in 2010 and have just self-published a literary fiction titled "Ishtah, The Prostitute's Daughter" as well as the literary fiction "My Soul's Recognition." I am constantly jotting down inspiration from various life experiences. I just can't seem to stop. Feel free to visit my page! If you're a blogger, please, write a review of my work. If you're a reader, thanks for purchasing - send me a message with your thoughts!" ELLA
on Jan. 13, 2013 :
“Ishtah” is a short novel about the daughter of an Assyrian prostitute in the year 603 B.C. and her struggle coming to terms with her mother’s profession and her subsequently low standing in society.
Support comes in form of Hethsba, who provides food, comfort and assistance when needed; her son Aeros is a potential love interest, although Ishtah has her doubts about the possibility of a romance for the two of them given her background.
Ella Hansing has a great command of language. From the first page she sets the scene perfectly, the description of life in the dry heat of Assyria are brilliantly done and give the read a very authentic feel. How the author researched the times with their primitive way of living and its culture (such as the harvest festival of Ashur) is beyond me; however, it felt very convincing and real.
The central issue is Ishtah’s troubled relationship with her mother who becomes jealous of Hethsba, whom she sees as a rival for her daughter’s affection.
The story ends abrupt after a show down between Ishtah and her mother. It has taken me a long time to get my head round why the author has chosen to stop writing here but after a while I came to the conclusion that this was rather clever and provocative. The story stayed with me for some time after I read it and I believe this at least in parts credit to that ending.
(reviewed the day of purchase)