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Finalist for PEN's prestigious Ernest Hemingway Award, Midheaven is told by Jodi McGee who, troubled by her father's gambling and the arrogance of her wealthy peers, turns from drugs and boys to radical Christianity. But when she falls for a gambler, hard choices test her will, her faith, her love, and her sanity. More
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About Ken Kuhlken

Ken Kuhlken's stories have appeared in ESQUIRE and numerous other magazines, been honorably mentioned in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

His novels include MIDHEAVEN, finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Award for best first fiction book, and the Hickey family mysteries: THE BIGGEST LIAR IN LOS ANGELES; THE GOOD KNOW NOTHING; THE VENUS DEAL; THE LOUD ADIOS, Private Eye Writers of America Press Best First PI Novel; THE ANGEL GANG; THE DO-RE-MI, finalist for the Shamus Best Novel Award; THE VAGABOND VIRGINS; THE VERY LEAST; and THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING.

His five-book saga FOR AMERICA, is together a long, long novel and an incantation, a work of magic created to postpone the end of the world for at least a thousand years.

His work in progress is a YA mystery.

His WRITING AND THE SPIRIT advises artists seeking inspiration. He guides readers on a trip to the Kingdom of Heaven in READING BROTHER LAWRENCE.

Also, he reads a lot, plays golf, watches and coaches baseball and softball, teaches at Perelandra College, and hangs out with his daughter when she comes home from her excellent college back east.

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About the Series: Hickey Family Crime Novels
The Hickey family novels, which begin with Tom Hickey's first investigation at age twenty-one and continues, over ten books, until his eighty-fifth year, are riveting stories of crime, heroics, and sacrificial love that also offer a vivid and panoramic vision of California as it transforms from a frontier to the most influential place on earth. Readers who accompany Tom and his extraordinary family on their adventures enrich their knowledge of America and the dark and bright recesses of the human heart.

“Tom Hickey is one of detective fiction’s most original and intriguing creations.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Elegant, eloquent, and elegiac, Kuhlken’s novels sing an old melody, at the same time haunting and beautiful.” Novelist Don Winslow

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Reviews of Midheaven by Ken Kuhlken

James Garfield reviewed on Jan. 2, 2012

Ken Kuhlken's MIDHEAVEN is narrated by Jodi McGee, a high-school student who is having an affair with her English teacher, while enjoying time alone in her beautiful Lake Tahoe surroundings and struggling inside herself with spiritual issues. Jodi is torn between worldliness and commitment to Christianity.

Her relationships with others are a vital part of her maturing. Her best friend Charley provides support, despite his penchant for getting into trouble. Her relationship with her teacher Phillip provides trouble of a different sort.

MIDHEAVEN offers sharp characterizations and beautiful descriptions of the wilderness that Jodi loves. Christian readers will be involved by Jodi's inner struggle, while those just looking for an engrossing coming-of-age story will be amply rewarded.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Mark Clifton reviewed on July 11, 2011

In Ken Kuhlken’s Midheaven, seventeen-year-old Jodi McGee finds herself torn between the wilder urges of youth and a call to find peace in the Christian faith. Meanwhile, she falls for Philip, her high school English teacher. Then Charlie Walker, a boy she has loved since childhood, returns from fighting the Vietnam War.

Her story plays out all around Lake Tahoe, a place about which Mark Twain wrote “This is the air the angels breathe.” From the shoreline casinos to deep in the surrounding mountain wilderness, Jodi, Philip, and Charlie do battle against angels, demons, and their own confounded hearts.

Midheaven, told with wit and sensitivity, is for readers from young adult on, especially for those who sympathize with the struggle to find one’s place in a mysterious world.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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