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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

To Dance in the Desert by Kathleen Popa is up on CFBA!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


(RiverOak, May 1, 2007)



Raised in the American Southwest, Kathleen began her love affair with the desert as a child. Before becoming a writer she, among other jobs, worked in both the juvenile facility fro incarcerated girls and a home for emotionally disturved children. Mother of two, sh lives in Northern California with her husband and youngest son. Visit her blog, Reading, Writing, and What Else is There? She is a member of the CFBA, too! Give her a holler!


“Not a safe world.” How many times had she heard it over and over again? Well, it is not a safe world and Dara Murphy Brogan knew it better than most, which is exactly why she had tucked herself away on a desert mountaintop. Now it was just her, the voice inside her head and the boxes of hastily packed odds and ends—all that was left of her pathetic excuse of a life. Hadn’t she chosen the desert because it was barren and brown and dead looking and far, far away from anyone who may have seen the news?

So what was this, this trespasser, this interloper, this wacked out earth mother doing dancing outside her window? Celebrating life and the Spirit in a way Dara never could have dreamed. Until she opened her door and met Jane Cameron.

A book that makes me laugh is a joy, a book that makes me cry is a rarity. But a book that moves me to dance is sublime. To Dance in the Desert is a spectacular experience. Beautifully written, deeply moving, and warmly engaging—that this is Kathleen Popa’s first novel astounds me. That she will quickly be counted among the top caliber of Christian novelists delights me. I simply loved this book.

~Kathryn Mackel, Author of The Hidden

Kathleen Popa creates a compelling vision of a small community’s power to coax waning spirits back toward life. This gem of a novel worked on me like a dream. Popa’s evocative prose captured the nuance and complexity of transformation with equal parts mystery and truth. She conjures the deserts of Dara Brogan’s life with intimate clarity, reminding us along the way of the profound strength of what we take far too much for granted—the deep friendship of kindred spirits. This is a journey worth taking.

~Jeff Berryman, Author of Leaving Ruin

My thoughts on this book so far...
I'm on about page 100. I haven't figured out yet if the main character is nuts or just eccentric, but I'm still enjoying the quirkiness of both main characters. I also like the deep introspection the heroine gets into when remembering her past in tiny, yet traumatic snippets. The world was not a safe place for the heroine--according to what her father taught her--and that is revealed through her many fears, with death being at the top of her list. So long story short, I love this novel so far. That may change before book's end, but for now the social worker in me is eating it right up.


Anonymous said...

hummmm... l am eager to hear more.... Percy

Kathleen Popa said...

Thank you for the review, Michelle. I hope you still like it when you turn the last page!

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