February 24, 2016

REVIEW: LONG HILL HOME BY KATHRYN PINCUS (DEBUT)

 
Koehler Books
The Latina Book Club congratulates Kathryn Pincus on the debut of her novel, LONG HILL HOME.  It’s fast-paced, suspenseful, heart-wrenching and grabs the reader from the very first page.

LONG HILL HOME is actually about three protagonists:  Kelly Malloy who is attacked; Chad, a Good Samaritan falsely accused; and Maria, a reluctant witness.  All our protagonists turn out to be victims, but despite the odds and the town’s prejudices, all are survivors and, most importantly, victors in the end.

All the characters are well-written, but it is Maria who captured my attention.  Here is this young woman who has survived much to get to America and to start a new life for herself and her unborn child.  She witnesses a horrible crime but is scared to come forward.  The town has not been kind, but there is a young man’s life at stake and she must do the right thing.

I think LONG HILL HOME is a snapshot of our times.  “Illegal” immigrants are abused, cheated and mistreated because people fear them, but most immigrants want the same thing as everybody else – a safe place to live, to work and to bring up their children.  

LONG HILL HOME should be on everyone’s TBR pile.


BOOK SUMMARY:  Kelly Malloy is a wife, a mother and a successful lawyer whose world is shattered when she is brutally attacked while running along the banks of the Brandywine River. Chad McCloskey, a lonely teenage boy from a dysfunctional home, stumbles upon Kelly Malloy’s unconscious body immediately after the assault, and he is falsely accused of the crime after he tries to help her. Maria Hernandez, a young woman who emigrated illegally from Mexico, is reluctantly thrust into the role of witness to the crime, putting her in jeopardy of deportation only weeks before she is to give birth to her child. Kelly, Chad, and Maria all suffer tremendous adversity in the wake of the crime, and they ultimately discover that their lives and their fate are inextricably and permanently connected. LONG HILL HOME is a story of crime, mystery and the legal process―but it is also a story about the human condition, and how, regardless of vast differences in background or circumstances, all people strive for the same things―love, security and a fulfilling life.###



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Kathryn Pincus was raised in the New York metropolitan area, received her undergraduate degree, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Delaware, and her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Kate honed her writing skills in her law practice, presenting complex factual and legal matters in clear, compelling and persuasive writings. Since her “early retirement” from the practice of law, she has filled her days taking care of a busy household and family, supporting numerous charitable and community causes and writing fiction. LONG HILL HOME is her debut novel, and another novel and a collection of short stories are in the works. When not engaged in all of the above, Kate enjoys running, biking, traveling, reading, cooking, and watching her sons compete in sports. Visit her at www.kathrynpincus.com.