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BLUFF by [Skomal, Lenore]
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About the Author

Lenore Skomal wants you to eat her books. She wants you to chew them in your teeth, savor them on your tongue, breathe them in, and feel her words in your skin. Her passionate desire is to touch your heart, inspire you, and luxuriate in the world of the written word. She finds ecstasy in constructing a perfect sentence and responds willingly to the nagging ache in her heart to create an authentic experience for the reader. Winner of multiple awards for blogging, literature, biography and humor, Lenore Skomal's catalogue spans many genres. With 30 years of writing experience, over 17 books published and a daily blog, the consistent themes in her work are the big issues the human experience and adding depth and voice to the intricacies involved in living a multi-dimensional existence. Skomal has won several Society of Professional Journalist Awards, Whidbey Island Writer's Conference honorable mention for best fiction, Writer's Digest 73rd Annual Fiction Contest, New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens 2003, and the Next Generation Indie Book Award for humor. From journalism, to literary fiction, to humor and biography, her writing is consistent, if not in genre, then in message. As a member of the world community, Skomal is excited by the opportunities presented in today's publishing climate. Now, not only can she spend her time traveling internationally and experiencing cultural events like a Lakota Sweat Lodge, she shares these experiences directly with her readers in hopes of resonating with them and underscoring that no one is alone. In addition to writing, Lenore is an engaging public speaker with over 1000 public engagements, book tours and writing seminars. She has taught college journalism, has one son, and when not off gallivanting from Egypt to Mongolia she resides with her husband in Erie, Pa. Visit her website at www.lenoreskomal.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 856 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lenore Skomal Press (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095YE65M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #827,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bluff by Lenore Skomal is the most intriguing and complex book of the year 2012 for me! With that said, it was also the most difficult book to read in 2012. If you look for something which is easy and all positive, then here is my word of warning to you - do not read this book! If you are looking for something which is mysterious, deep, dark, fascinating, intelligent, touches many serious issues, then you will definitely love Bluff!

Bluff by Lenore Skomal was utterly well written and cleverly crafted. It takes you to the places where you do not want to go and it forces you to think, and to take a step back to reflect and clear your own thoughts. It is bluntly honest and hits you in your face with characters that you might not even like, but who are so very human and real that it can scare you deeply. I can honestly admit, that Bluff is haunting me in my thoughts even after turning the last page and I will definitely read it again.

I loved it!

Plot:

I find it hard to describe the plot without revealing too much, so I m trying to do my best not to include any spoilers and keep it short.

Meet Jude, a woman who is pregnant and who has mysteriously fallen off the bluff behind her house and ended in a vegetative state in the hospital. She is kept alive barely by the machines, but her consciousness is working very clearly. Through Jude's thoughts and through the characters visiting her bed side, the author opens a world filled with deception, lies, tragedy and hope.

I truly enjoyed how the author helps the main character Jude to redeem her life. Even though that the novel is a heavy read, it gave hope through Jude's inner world. It was a beautiful story filled with mystery and secrets. It's Jude's swan song.
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Jude Black is in hospital with severe injuries having been found on the beach after a fall – or a push? – from the bluff near her home. As the doctors try to save her life, it becomes apparent that they are striving to save two lives, not one. Jude is pregnant and the identity of the father is as much of a mystery as many things in Jude’s life. As Jude lies in her comatose state, aware of all around her, she begins to sort through some of the things in her life, in an almost subconscious effort to reach some kind of peace. As Jude moves closer to this, the turmoil in everyone else’s lives becomes achingly apparent.

Bluff is very much a ‘things are never quite as they seem’ novel, with a lot more below the surface than is originally suggested. Characters who seem perfectly together, warm, friendly, kind, confident or focused have major flaws revealed over the course of the novel. Though Jude begins as the messed up disaster of the community, it becomes clear during the book that there are those with much darker secrets.

Like many novels with a ‘difficult’ main character, I found Bluff to be very thought-provoking. Jude is flawed – the memories and flashbacks suggest she can be miserable and anti-social – but she does display real vulnerability and tenderness at times.

The novel raises some big issues (some of which I can’t reveal without giving key plot points away), including organ donation, the church and drug abuse. I felt these complex areas were dealt with sensitively and in a thought-provoking manner.

Bluff was a very enjoyable read that kept me hooked. Touching, poignant and very sad at times, I found it well written and interesting.

**I received a copy of the book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation and all views are my own.**
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What an unusual book. It all centres around a woman - Jude - in a coma who was found badly injured on the beach after jumping/falling/being pushed off the bluff where she lives.

She's in a coma, but her mind is still intact, and this gives us access to her inner thoughts uncensored by limiting social interaction. We learn a lot about her - her anxieties, fears, neuroses, introversion and problems as she grew up.

Her best friend, Frances, is often by her side at the hospital but we also hear about her home life, with its accompanying issues, as we do about the life of Mary the nurse and her husband. The introspection of the characters makes the book deeply psychological, but there is action too, like when Jude's long lost sister turns up and takes over, and like when Frances meets Mary's lawyer husband.

Jude is a highly complex character. She's deeply flawed and deeply disturbed, but through her introspection while in the coma, she manages to reflect back on her life with the aim of putting it all in perspective and finding peace.

This is a fascinating story for anyone who likes to think while they read, and have food for thought when they finish.
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