Blue Hole Back Home

Blue Hole Back Home

Joy Jordan-Lake / Jan 22, 2020

Blue Hole Back Home Sacred s not a word I ve ever much liked But maybe some things and some places just are And maybe the Blue Hole was one of those things Shelby nicknamed Turtle never had any female friends But when

  • Title: Blue Hole Back Home
  • Author: Joy Jordan-Lake
  • ISBN: 9781434799937
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sacred s not a word I ve ever much liked But maybe some things, and some places, just are And maybe the Blue Hole was one of those things Shelby nicknamed Turtle never had any female friends But when a mysterious girl from Sri Lanka moved to town in the summer of 1979, Turtle invited her to a secret haven the Blue Hole Turtle had no idea how much that simple gest Sacred s not a word I ve ever much liked But maybe some things, and some places, just are And maybe the Blue Hole was one of those things Shelby nicknamed Turtle never had any female friends But when a mysterious girl from Sri Lanka moved to town in the summer of 1979, Turtle invited her to a secret haven the Blue Hole Turtle had no idea how much that simple gesture would affect the rest of her life, or the lives of those she loved.In a time when America was technically well beyond the Civil Rights era, there were those in Turtle s small Appalachian town who rejected the presence of someone different And in just one summer in a collision of love, hate, jealousy, beauty, and a sacred, muddy swimming hole nothing and everything changed.

    Blue Hole Back Home A Novel Joy Jordan Lake Feb , Blue Hole Back Home should be required reading for all humans, most assuredly those who do not understand the hate stupidity of those who hide in a sheet to be something they don t have the guts to be without the the mask Absolutely a GREAT READ Enjoy. Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan Lake Feb , Told in retrospect, from the first person viewpoint of a woman recalling a pivotal summertime when her small world in the North Carolina mountains lost its sense of peace, and the blue hole swimming spot became a crucible for friendship, justice, and mercy. Blue Hole Back Home Paperback Barnes Noble All sunk sweet and sacred was what Jimbo called the Blue Hole back then The son of the First Baptist Church preacher a kind of Little League pope in a small Southern town Jimbo handled words like electrical wires he just might dip into water. Blue Hole Back Home Summary eNotes Blue Hole Back Home is set in North Carolina, but it begins twenty five years after the fact in Boston The narrator, Shelby Lenoir Maynard, is relaxing for a moment in the Public Garden and sees a Blue Hole Back Home Summary SuperSummary Blue Hole Back Home is a novel by Joy Jordan Lake, set in North Carolina As the novel opens, the narrator, Shelby Lenoir Maynard, is sitting in the Public Garden in Boston, when she sees a face that brings up old memories The novel consists of Shelby s reliving of the summer of That summer, Shelby was a sopho in high school. Blue Hole Back Home Bookreporter Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan Lake An unopened book is a tease that can lead to disappointment But here is one that delivers.

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        Joy Jordan Lake s varied and admittedly odd professional experience has included working as a college professor, author, journalist, waitress, director of a program for homeless families, university chaplain, horseback riding instructor, free lance photographer, and the job title that remains her personal favorite head sailing instructor Born in Washington, D.C Joy Jordan Lake s first vivid childhood memory was watching her mother weep in front of the television, where newscasters were just reporting the shooting of Martin Luther King, Jr Later moving south with her family, she grew up on Signal Mountain, Tennessee, just outside Chattanooga, where she learned to observe the ways in which communities respond with courage to bigotry and violence or fail to do so After earning a bachelors degree from Furman University and a masters from a theological seminary, Joy re located to the Boston, Massachusetts, area where she earned a masters and a Ph.D in English Literature from Tufts University, and specialized in the role of race in 19 century American fiction While in New England, she founded a food pantry targeting low income and homeless families, served on the staff of a multi ethnic church in Cambridge, worked as a free lance journalist, and became a Baptist chaplain at Harvard Her first book, Grit and Grace Portraits of a Woman s Life Harold Shaw Publishers, 1997 , was a collection of stories, poems and essays which The Chicago Tribune described this way Written with much heart and wit, this little gem of a book touches on the ordinary and profound experiences that make up a woman s life a poignant and satisfying collection funny and sad, inspiring and awfully surprising Joy s second book, Whitewashing Uncle Tom s Cabin Nineteenth Century Women Novelists Respond to Stowe Vanderbilt University Press, 2005 continued her doctoral dissertation work, exploring the inter weavings of literature, theology, and race in American culture During this period, life for Joy and her husband, Todd Lake, was becoming increasingly chaotic with two careers, numerous re locations for Todd s work, two young biological children and the adoption of a baby girl from China Joy s nearly manic need to ask everyone around her about how they managed or not to balance kids and career led to her third book, Working Families Navigating the Demands and Delights of Marriage, Parenting and Career WaterBrook Random House, 2007 Publishers Weekly called the book, refreshing for its social conscience, and written with sharp humor and snappy prose In its review of Joy s fourth book, Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous Ten Alarming Words of Faith Paraclete Press, 2007 , Publishers Weekly again praised the author A professor at Belmont University and a former Baptist chaplain at Harvard University , the author mines her personal history illumine and interpret ideas such ashope Sometimes wry, occasionally stern, Jordan Lake, with a touch of Southern gothic sensibilityhas a gift for welcoming, lucid and insightful prose Joy s first novel, Blue Hole Back Home, published in 2008 and inspired by actual events from her own teenage years, explores the tensions and eventual violence that erupt in a small, all white Appalachian town when a Sri Lankan family moves in Ultimately, Blue Hole Back Home, which bestselling author Leif Enger called beautifully crafted, is a story not only of the devastating effects of racial hatred and cowardice, but centrally, a celebration of courage, confrontation and healing Used in a variety of classroom and book club settings, Blue Hole Back Home was chosen in 2009 as Baylor University s Common Book, and as the Common Book at Amarillo College in 2014.Joy s latest novel, to be released in fall of 2017, is A Tangled Mercy Told in alternating tales at once haunting and redemptive, A Tangled Mercy is a quintessentially American epic rooted in heartbr


    1. I must say the writing in this book is fabulous; it is absolutely stunning in it's stark simplicity, perfect pacing, and superb character development. This is the kind of book that pushes all other books aside (and that's saying a lot coming from a multi-book reader like me - I usually have five or six going at once) and will probably stay with me the rest of my life. Joy Jordan-Lake takes simple words and strings them together into sentences of pure gold. However, I was also completely disappoi [...]

    2. A moving coming of age story that will leave readers with much to think about. Told in retrospect, from the first person viewpoint of a woman recalling a pivotal summertime when her small world in the North Carolina mountains lost its sense of peace, and the 'blue hole' swimming spot became a crucible for friendship, justice, and mercy.Told in the lyrical Southern style of mountain raised teenagers, the story lulled me into feeling like I was there, jumping into the back of a pickup with the 'ma [...]

    3. When a Sri Lankan family moves to all-white Pisgah Ridge in the Appalachian region, Shelby invites the daughter Farsanna to be part of the Pack she hangs out with (consisting of her brother and his friends). Not everyone in town is happy to have this family in town. Racial tensions run high and come to an explosive head. Shelby learns a lot about herself this summer and about the townspeople she thought she knew. This novel, set in the 1970s, is inspired by true events from the author's childhoo [...]

    4. Another writer recommended this book to me because of a similarity with a scene setting I was trying to write.This is a beautifully crafted work, so much so that at times it made me despair of ever calling myself a writer. There is not a piece of lazy prose in the whole book. Each metaphor and simile is original and thought provoking. Even the parts that were just describing routine situations were enjoyable because of the writing, while the ending left me trying not to cry in front of my family [...]

    5. This is a book I will always remember reading. To me it was an emotionally difficult read. I read it with dread in my stomach almost the whole entire time. I wanted things to be so different and I knew they wouldn't be. It is so well written. There are so many lines that were very descriptive made me wonder how there could be such extreme hate "The human heart gone to rot." It made me have so many feelings spending the summer with the "Mangy Gang" and living their lives through the racial tensio [...]

    6. First of all I have to thank NetGalley for the honor of reading such a touching and heartfelt book. It is truly a story that everyone should read.I hate prejudice. It’s something I find I have very little patience with. I was born and raised in the south and have alway rebelled against hating someone because of the color of their skin, or their religious beliefs or sexual preferences. I try my best to love everyone and treat everyone with respect. Now, the bigots, haters and ones who think the [...]

    7. There are books that are 5 star in terms of quality and 1 star in terms of enjoyment.This book was one of those. It is a gripping story, brutally realistic without being angsty or overdone at any time, and a valuable read. I think it will still be read when many authors we love so much nowadays are forgotten. It's that kind of book. It's like Othello---another magnificent story with a repellent storyline. Actually, it's a lot like the classic Greek tragedies. The tragedy is inevitable, the dialo [...]

    8. My sister-in-law's book club recommended this one highly and it was gripping. The author is from the Nashville, TN, area. It was a beautifully crafted, lyrical story set in a southern mountain town in 1979. A "new girl" from Sri Lanka stirs up racial prejudices and divides her high school classmates. The voice of the story is amazing and the author's descriptions of people, scenes, and emotions are "right on:""Momma's voice, which was usually sweet and soft as moss, except when she cranked up th [...]

    9. Although categorized as Christian fiction, published by a Christian publishing house, this really is a fine piece of literary fiction dealing with the harsh realities of prejudice and racism in the post civil-rights era in the south. In no way "preachy," the story takes you back on a journey to the not so distant past, to a summer in a rural Appalachian town where the idea of white superiority still retains a strong hold on the community and the code of separatism reigns. A memorable group of te [...]

    10. Picked this up in the new section of the library. Beautifully written - an absolute treat to read because of the fine writing! This author is great with her descriptions using metaphors "Like the fall of a theater curtain on the last act, dusk dropped onto the blue hole"and in infusing the sarcasm of a teenager in the voice of the narrator (Momma made certain everyone in her path felf affirmed at all times, even if she had to perjure herself to do it) It is a story of racial tension in late 70's [...]

    11. I would love to give this book a 3.5 star, but that isn't an option. Initially I didn't want to read the book due to being a Southerner myself. The time period was set in 1979. My husband and I grew up during that time in separate southern towns. Both of us never knew of anyone in KKK or heard of incidents. However, the area where this book is based on, Single Mountain, TN Yes, that area is known to this day for white supremacy.The actual book is well written and easy read, but sad. Racism is ev [...]

    12. Though I was skeptical when I found this for free download on my Kindle, I literally could not put the book down. I had to know what happened to Turtle, Sanna, Em, Bo, and the rest of their mangy pack. This is what Christian fiction should be like: bold in confronting the difficult, often ugly realities of life, and courageous in understanding that not everybody lives happily ever after, not everybody gets "saved," there aren't always answers to tough questions. (The author's deep love of John D [...]

    13. BEST book I've read in a long time! The story revolves around highschool kids but I had no problem relating to them and was immediately drawn in. A great story about a pack of mangy kids, racism in the south, and some appearances of men in white bed sheets. (A side note, my sister-in-law edited this book, and I couldn't be more proud!)EDIT (1-3-2011): I've just finished reading this book for the THIRD time and I loved it just as much as the first.

    14. Intense, moving story that is loosely based on actual events of racial unrest that took place in Signal Mountain, Tenn. around 1979. The author was a fellow classmate at Furman. I had no idea Joy was an author till talking with her at our recent reunion. I am very impressed with her talent as a writer. Look forward to reading more of her work.

    15. This book is a page turner! I felt that the beginning was a little slow, but around page 75 the action picked up and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen. The author did a wonderful job of developing the characters through the development of the plot. I really felt connected to the characters, which is what I'm always looking for in a book.

    16. I wondered early into the story if I was going to enjoy this book - it turns out I really did. The story is built around true incidents that ocurred in Tennessee in the writers life. The colorful language of Jimbo and L.J which did not include profanity, was refreshing and entertaining. I loved the wide array of personality that made up the "mangy pack."

    17. This story had me nearly in tears at the ending. Kind of a coming of age story that deals with racism, foreigners, teens, the South, Klu Klux Klan, love of friends and siblings. Wonderfully written, reminding me of my teens and hanging out with my friends and complex relationships we had with each other but this story deals with a whole lot more than that.

    18. I really enjoyed this book! It was a page-turner with characters that I fell in love with. I could't put it down!

    19. This book always held my interest. I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the relationships within the pack.

    20. I think perhaps the best books are books whose message to you is perhaps not the one you were expecting after you finished the book, or even the one that the author was intending to convey. These kind of books reach you at a soul level and allow you to understand what God wants you to learn.I didn't think this book would be that kind of book for me. Yes, the writing was amazingly evocative. Yes, the characters were beautifully flawed, yet somehow relatable in the best kind of way. Yes, the story [...]

    21. This book is absolutely exceptional. I learned of Joy Jordan-Lake's books in reverse as "A Tangled Mercy" was a Kindle first offering; on finishing that, I couldn't wait to read "Blue Hole Back Home." And as I write this review, I am still immersed in Turtle's world, and reeling from the stark reality of the not-unexpected, but so well-done ending. Brilliantly written, beautifully-drawn characters, and sadly, so very timely.I have not read all the other reviews; I suspect there are some, like me [...]

    22. As I read, I was taken to a lovely place with interesting characters whose complicated culture and ethics are all too representative of humans everywhere. However, we are shown in this book what can happen when cultural influences override the "better angels". How this all works out makes for an intriguing book - one that is hard to put down and whose message will not be forgotten. The descriptions are vivid, the writing excellent, the story compelling!

    23. A captivating story that taps into our society's struggle with issues of racial bias and white supremacy. It also includes a wrenching commentary on the many barriers facing the immigrant community in this country that are as difficult today as several decades ago as when this story takes place. Could be a great resource for group discussions on racial reconciliation.

    24. I struggled a bit with this book at first, trying to get absorbed in to the story. But as I kept reading I got more into it . By the end, I knew the characters as well as family friends, felt their triumphs as well as their sadness. All in all, I am glad I read it and will remember it for a long time after.

    25. I really enjoyed this book. It took me on an emotional roller coaster the entire time, and as I read I was completely immersed in the events that followed the arrival of one family that meant no harm. I loved the imagery used, and in the end, how the author painted a picture of what life was back when racism was more prominent and wasn't fought as hard as it is today.

    26. This was a great read. It was really interesting to have a story with a theme of racism in a time when it was not a primary issue of concern. It is really relevant to what is happening in the U.S. today.

    27. DisturbingThis should and does leave you disturbed. The story is about racism in America and unfortunately has reared its ugly head again. So very sad and should motivate you to never be silent in its presence.

    28. Its very nicely written and the story really held my interestThe book is nicely written. The story really held my interest. I have never lived in the south but prejudice still exists unfortunately

    29. A gritty look at the 70's South and coming of ageA gritty look at the 70's South and coming of age. A teenaged girl is forced to see some ugly realities as well as the best that humans can offer.

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