Welcome to Literary R&R's stop on Adam G. Fleming's White Buffalo Gold blog tour!
ISBN #: 978-1478187691
Page Count: 308
Copyright: September 9, 2012
About the Author:
Adam G. Fleming lives in Goshen, Indiana with his wife and four children. Adam drew on his degree in nursing and work as a CNA and LPN in the early 90s to inspire the nursing home scenes in White Buffalo Gold. Other artistic ventures include working as a sculptor and playwright. His first full-length theater production, A Pebble Among the Rocks (2010), has its World Premier run at the end of October 2012 in Edwardsburg, Michigan. A Pebble Among the Rocks is an early version of the story, which the author gradually expanded into his debut novel, White Buffalo Gold.
Along with his artistic pursuits, Adam became an arts coach working with writers and other artists, and has followed his own coaching principles to meet a lifelong dream to become an author. His clients enjoy increased vision and purpose, lifestyle balance, and freedom from writer's block.
Learn more about Adam at www.whitebuffalogold.wordpress.com. You can read a preview of White Buffalo Gold here.
(Taken from back cover)
Everyone in town believes that gold was once found in the river outside Harmony, Nebraska. Brightest of the class of 1992 but unsure what to do with her life, Emily Zimmerman stays home, compelled by her quest to find traces of the gold that put Harmony on the map. While employed in the local nursing home, Emily discovers a world of routine death, regret, and senility underlined with dark humor and the seeds of deepest hope. Meanwhile, the key to her mystery is locked inside the memory of an old man who has traveled, studied, written, and forgotten more than Emily has ever known.
Growing up in a small town in Harmony, Nebraska, Amy, Emily, and Melissa are long-time friends that have grown up amidst the stories of found gold. When graduation nears, the girls are ready to set out for the future. All that is, except Emily. She is sure there is gold to be found and gets a job in town so that she may further her investigations. As she tries to unravel the confused ramblings of her nursing home patients, she is sure she will find the answers she is looking for.
I would probably label this as contemporary fiction, although there is a lot going on in these pages. Between Native American visions, a girl's coming-of-age story, and a sort of "six degrees of separation" this is a plot-packed story. Harmony has its share of secrets, and Emily and her friends are connected so much more than they know. I especially enjoyed the stories of the men in the nursing home and how it showed each generation's story is essential for understanding the future.
Mr. Fleming has given us a feel-good novel with genuine characters, flaws and all. Mr. Fleming focuses on broken families, aging and death, and Emily's struggle with identity, which is something all of us can identify with. When you add in quirky characters, such as Doc, who has visions of the Statue of Liberty talking to him, and the fact that everyone's story is ultimately interwoven, this is a fun, entertaining read for all ages. I also have to put a plug in for Mr. Fleming's hometown, Goshen, Indiana, which is right next door to mine. Here's hoping he puts this County on the literary map! 5 out of 5 stars.
*A physical copy of the book was provided by the tour host (Integral Agency) for the purposes of this tour and in exchange for an honest review.