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Product details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Unthank Cameo (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957289790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957289796
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,028,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sharon Zink is the author of Welcome to Sharonville (Unthank, 2014) which was longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. She became a writer at five when her Brazilian-German grandfather gave her a plant which he said could sense good and evil, thus dooming her to a life ruled by a vivid imagination. She survived a sticky teenage hell by turning to verse and was named as Young Poet of the Year. Since then she has worked as an art dealer, waitress, model and English Literature academic, becoming a writer after a trip to Las Vegas inspired her first novel, Welcome to Sharonville. The recipient of the Writers Inc Writer of the Year title, plus numerous other awards, Sharon's short fiction has been published in anthologies and journals in the US and UK and in translation in Mexico. A keen traveller, when not on adventures, Sharon lives in Hove, East Sussex where she teaches writing and works as a literary consultant and editor.

You can find out more about her at www.sharonzink.com, where you can click through to her blog, The Book Diner, where she interviews authors weekly, and also check out the site for Welcome to Sharonville which includes a town map, local newspaper and the chance to become a citizen of the town. Sharon can also be contacted via her Facebook fan page - https://www.facebook.com/SharonZinkAuthor or at Twitter @SharonZink.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Rose on 17 Jun. 2014
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I first read this last year in a draft manuscript version, so was delighted to be able to read it in its polished state - and beautifully polished it is, stylistically.
'Sharonville' is a small, fictitious American town in the desert, near Las Vegas - not, then, the real Sharonville in Ohio; nor is it the archetypal 'Main Street'. It is simply the lovingly detailed, somewhat rundown setting for the emotional entanglements of the novel.
I won't spoil it by summarizing the plot - save to say that the principal character spends most of the novel in a coma, and as the not-quite still centre of the unravelling going on around her and over her. Oh, and there are UFOs, too. The plot functions to articulate the theme of the novel: the emotional damage we sustain and inflict on each other, unintentionally but also often with the very best of intentions; and yet how those good intentions, when good and strong enough, can allow us to mitigate the harm, even late in the day; and how our attempts to do so in themselves can lead to a measure at least of redemption, reconciliation and understanding.
So described, and in the hands of less skilful writers, this could be sentimental. But it isn't, partly from the robust steadiness with which Sharon Zink faces up to human frailty, and partly - a very large part - from the coruscating sharpness of the writing itself. Observations and descriptions are dryly witty - often very funny - bit without drawing attention to themselves as 'fine writing' - the rigorous honesty and rawness prevent that.
Instead, the stylistic verve combined with the emotional warmth and human empathy of and toward the characters, suck us in and strap us in for length of the ride.
Welcome to Sharonville.
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I’m a greedy reader and a bit of a fiction gobbler, but it’s taken me some time to consume this debut novel – considerably longer than usual. This is not to say I didn’t enjoy it. I did. Very much. There’s a lot to savour here and that’s why it is worth taking time over the myriad stories which swirl around the central character, Toni, who mostly lies comatose throughout.
Welcome to Sharonville reminds me of a daisy-chain novel: a collection of interconnected stories all set in and around one location and character. The characters are fully rounded and, on the whole, engaging and likeable. And within these pages are forensic examinations of how and why these lovely folk have arrived at particular points in their lives.
The writing is rich with imagery and poignant observation. Welcome to Sharonville throws light on a range of human emotion and experience, and it has been written with love and care. I urge you to support small presses who take risks with quirky stories and debut authors.
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An uplifting story dealing with the dizzying swings of fortune and feelings of the main characters following a catastrophic road traffic accident that leaves a loved one in a coma. Sharon Zink handles the complex and intertwined relationships between the characters and how these shift as the story unfolds with the precision of a cartographer.

The small town of Sharonville is brought to life through small details described in a unique and refreshing style. It is a place where cheesecakes resemble breasts, scrambled eggs sand dunes and stiletto shoes baby starlings. The desert heat and black triangles flying through the air shimmer at the periphery of the story providing an intriguing tension that kept me reading to the end.
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I loved this book and am missing the characters now I've finished, would love to know what comes next for them all. The aspects of this novel that I enjoyed the most were the characters, whose voices became more vivid and engaging with every page, and the imagery and atmosphere in parts of the book, which really stayed with me throughout and formed a glorious bubble of slightly shifted reality around me whilst I read. This is intelligent and warm writing, a rich, satisfying read, with a proper story, delicious use of language and an abundance of compassion and humanity.
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New British author Sharon Zink has written a fascinating story, set in America: a woman lies in a hospital bed in a coma and we gradually find out more about her and the people who are drawn to her bedside. The characters are well-rounded and believable and I wanted to know what happened to them. These characters - flawed as we all are - are recognisable and likeable. They make great mistakes but are given a chance of redemption and future happiness. And the story keeps you turning the pages. A great first novel.
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This is a page-turner. A rich cast of characters, well-drawn and sympathetic, tackle the consequences of the stories they've told to get through their lives. This is a satisfying read. A book that combines excitement and warmth.
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