Hillari's Head

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Kristina Orris seeks a new life. She is burdened by the memory of Hillari, her disfigured sister. Kristina dreamed of being a lawyer, an impossible goal yoked to Hillari. At 18, she abandoned her sister. Now, eight years later, Kristina meets attorney Gideon Ducker. They thrive, but the swelling burden of guilt over her past prevents her from realizing her dreams. Is it too late to redeem herself? More

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About Tim Stutler

    Tim Stutler is a California writer, lawyer, and humor blogger (timstutler.com/blog.html). His second novel, HILLARI'S HEAD, was published in the summer of 2013. His first, DEAD HAND CONTROL, was released in paperback and dust jacket forms in 2003 and in Kindle format in 2011.
    Born and raised in Ohio, Stutler enlisted in the navy after high school and sailed the Pacific for five years. Following his 1981 discharge he enrolled at California State University, Fullerton, graduating in 1984. Stutler then attended UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, where he earned a juris doctorate in 1987 after completing his 3L year at Harvard Law School. He served as a member of the CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW and an editor of the HARVARD ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW, and has edited or contributed to other professional, scholarly and general-interest publications.
    Stutler is presently a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Diego. He has held a number of other positions over his career, including dishwasher, burger flipper, taxi driver, sailor, soldier, law firm partner, Assistant United States Attorney, administrative law judge, and municipal court judge pro tempore.
    In addition to writing and practicing law, Stutler is a distance bicyclist and enjoys cooking. He and his wife Marilyn live in San Diego, California. They are proud parents of an adult son.


Review by: M Antrobos on Aug. 14, 2013 :
This is an amazing novel. I love reading drama, as well as tragedy and comedy. Tim Stutler skillfully meshes these forms together. Hillari's Head not only moved me but - and I'm a little embarrassed to admit this - is so funny in places that I actually snorted! The humor ranges from subtle irony to wicked wit to sly satire to absurdity. This author has a nice comedic touch. But Hillari's Head is not a comedy or farce. It is fundamentally a touching drama. Also the humor is not randomly thrown into the story, but actually advances the plot. And it is some plot! The book has elements of women's fiction, a legal thriller, and even a romance novel. Plus it is so well written that I was absorbed from the peculiar beginning to the startling ending. The chapter endings appeared designed to compel the reader to finish "just one more chapter" before bed. I just couldn't put it down.

I sat and reflected on the story after finishing it, not just to savor it, but to look for major flaws. Sorry author that's just something I do. I don't want to give away any spoilers and will just say that I was disappointed by a major turn of events in the story. I understand why it had to happen but that didn't make it any easier. I also think Hillari's Head could easily have been fifty to a hundred pages longer, mostly because I hated seeing it end, but I really loved this book overall.

Now for a confession. A friend loaned me Hillari's Head. However, it was enjoyable enough, and had enough subtle plot twists and elements, that I then got my own copy to read again. Unfortunately, I tend to keep books I like and it's not available in hardback.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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