“Sands Hall’s first novel, Catching Heaven, is rich, warm, and utterly satisfying. It speaks to choices and mistakes that connect and separate us, as well as the human will to repair itself. This is a wonderful debut from a first-rate storyteller.”
Sands Hall’s first novel, Catching Heaven, is rich, warm, and utterly satisfying. It speaks to choices and mistakes that connect and separate us, as well as the human will to repair itself. This is a wonderful debut from a first-rate storyteller.
[A] polished, accomplished debut…Endlessly intriguing…The prose is richly layered with metaphor and symbolism. For the discerning reader, nothing in this finely crafted work is extraneous.
Vibrant…Deftly reveals the push and pull between two sisters who love each other dearly, but who face new tensions when their lives collide in midcourse…A realistic story of two women trying to let go of old hurts and find love that will last.
Flashes of heart and soul…There is something achingly sad about these sisters’ realization that some things in life have simply passed them by. And it’s that simple truth that makes CATCHING HEAVEN a nice catch.
With fluid, elegant prose and a watchful eye for detail, Hall has crafted a compelling novel about love, loss, and hope.
In the small western town of Marengo one person arrives, one person returns, one person stays put. Each inhabits a private world of possibility, passion, and regret. Bring them together and you have Sands Hall’s CATCHING HEAVEN, a book that contains some of the realest fictional people you’ll ever meet.
Elegantly constructed, vividly conveyed, with heart enough for three.
Ms. Hall writes with a genuine gift for how we (humans) sound, and for sensing how we feel and think in our everyday lives. But she also seems to intuit what happens between these two realms – between the said and the thought and the felt. As Octavio Paz wrote, what’s ‘in between’ is where the poetry lies. And so it does in Catching Heaven.