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C. D. Stowell is a writer, editor, and photographer who lives in Portland, Oregon. Having pulled up her East Coast roots and moved west in the mid-1970s, she spent the next decade living and working on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon. Her book about the Warm Springs people, "Faces of a Reservation,” won the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-Fiction in 1988. After using her skills in various educational and non-profit settings, she devoted herself to her family and began writing fiction. "New Old World" is her first novel, and she is currently working on a prequel. Ms. Stowell’s fiction expresses her passion for geography and culture, particularly a deep connection to America’s first people and an unapologetic Francophilia. You can communicate with the author via her blog at newoldworld.com.
Alan St. John
on March 10, 2017 :
This novel is a page-turner! Cynthia Stowell is an excellent writer with a lively, entertaining style. Because the main female character named Ti spends a good portion of the story traveling through fascinating sections of the planet, the vividly descriptive prose never allows the plot to drag. Now I want to go on a bicycle tour of lovely Guernsey Island! It's top-notch word-smithing, perfectly complimented by the author's artful photography.
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)
on March 09, 2017 :
This is a brilliant, absorbing, and moving work of fiction. Stowell's story of a 40-something woman struggling to come to terms with her past and her future rings true to the experiences of women I know. The style and narrative construction are innovative, but they work—they draw you into the protagonist's mind and soul. When I finished, I had to sit for quite a while reflecting on my own life. Highly recommended, especially for those willing to let fiction challenge their life choices.
(reviewed 85 days after purchase)