A Piece of My Heart, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Robard Hewes has driven across the country in search of a woman named Buena who, twelve years ago, infused him with a feeling that has now turned into obsession.

Sam Newel has travelled from Chicago seeking the missing piece of himself.

They both find themselves on an uncharted hunting island in the Mississippi owned by an old man named Lamb.

When these men converge on this strange land, each discovers the thing he's looking for yet triggers a conflagration of inevitable violence in this tense and brutal yet moving tale.


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This was Ford's first novel. It is fairly amazing.Once I finished the book, I read the back-flap description, and what I read surprised me a little. Yes, I could see how it all fitted together, but I took more "people" and "place" from the novel than I did plot. Even though I wasn't following the plot with bated breath, I was devouring the words and their incredible ability to take me into people's lives. Right into peoples lives.Ford manages this through both dialogue that is subtle yet so revealing, and also though descriptions. Descriptions of peoples expressions, of the landscape, of their thoughts. You get to a point where he describes a characters expression, and you just know what they are thinking. This guy is a genius. And this book was, for me, about enjoying the journey. Which I did.

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