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Running Against Traffic by [VanDenbergh, Gaelen]
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Length: 266 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 642 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (15 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BMHF62M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Smart Fish Out of Water Story 7 Mar. 2013
By Marc S - Published on Amazon.com
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Running Against Traffic is a wonderful fish-out-of-water story by first-time novelist Gaelen VanDenbergh. The main character, Paige Davenport, has allowed herself to be defined by her husband and is drifting through life until she suddenly finds herself alone and in a strange and squalid world very unlike the upscale Philadelphia world her husband's wealth allowed her to exist in previously. The novel follows her into this new world and we watch her struggle, achieve successes and meet with failures, find her place in the world and forced to actually live--with the attending pleasures and pain--for the first time in a long time.

This novel has the kind of juice to it you hope for from a promising first novel. The characters, especially Paige, are complex without being inaccessible. They feel solid. Real. Ms. VanDenbergh paints a quirky but believable tableau of characters and place. A wry humor sweetens Paige's serious struggles and those of her new friends. And there were parts of the book when that humor provoked out-loud laughing.

I wanted to know what happened to Paige. I wanted to see how she dealt with what her previous choices in life (or perhaps her lack of making choices in her life). I was afraid at first that she would turn out to be a character we would pity but Ms. VanDenbergh avoided that sort of simplicity. Her character were shaped not just by the luck of their lives but by their own choices and the author holds them responsible. That made me really care about these characters and this book. I wanted to see how they did, good or bad. And, as the book progress, even made me want to go for a run myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Suprised 8 Mar. 2013
By afrequentreader - Published on Amazon.com
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As a man I was surprised when this novel was recommended to me that I would actually enjoy it. My normal genre of book is suspense, thrillers but I found myself invested in the characters and wanting to find out what eventually happened to each of them. The author did an incredible job of not only telling the story of the protagonist but as well of the other leading characters in this novel. Quite a few times I actually caught myself laughing out loud at some of the antics that went on in the book, and that has not happened in a long time. At first glance I thought this was typical chic-lit and would be turned off by it but to my surprise there are deeper issues that are delved into with the main character Paige as well as the supporting characters of Al and Bryce. The bottom line is when a book can keep you up later than you wanted to because you want to find out what happens next, its truly a winner. Impressive debut novel for this author.
5.0 out of 5 stars A rousing debut! 26 Jun. 2013
By Ted Hammett - Published on Amazon.com
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I ended up loving this book. Although I was at first a bit skeptical about the premise (jerk husband takes his unhappy wife to "visit" a newly acquired but dilapidated "vacation home" in a small upstate town and then simply drops her there to fend for herself and takes off), I found the story that ensued ultimately engaging, touching, funny, and believable. The writing is smooth and fluent, with some sparkling moments and a seemingly knowledgeable attention to hip contemporary usage, trends, and concepts (although I guess it's reasonable to ask how a senior citizen like me would know). In less sure hands, the cast of characters might have been formulaic and stereotyped but I found all of them captivating in their own ways. Most importantly, this is a really good story that belongs in the bildungsroman tradition, peopled with interesting characters and effectively told in a fashion and with a structure that holds the reader's interest and highly rewards his/her attention. I strongly recommend this debut novel and look forward to the author's next work.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic narrative arc... 18 Mar. 2013
By katedid - Published on Amazon.com
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Gaelen VanDenbergh has written a solid first novel. Showing her literary chops, VanDenbergh gives us the classic narrative arc, telling the tale of a protagonist set adrift and finding her way home. And she does it on several levels. Paige, pampered and petulant in Philadelphia, has managed to alienate friend and foe alike before being abandoned, emotionally and physically, when her husband dumps her in a remote village in rural upstate Pennsylvania. There she learns to fend for herself as well as open up to feel for others. VanDenbergh sets a quick pace through the novel and peoples it with lively, multidimensional local characters, whose charms make you want to keep reading "to find out what happens." Along the way, she paints such vivid pictures of Paige's new surroundings that you feel right there in the story with her, repairing the dilapidated house, running along lakeside paths with the beauty of the changing seasons all around you. At the end, Paige has found herself, capable of empathy, capable of honest emotion, capable of knowing her way. And in the end she finds herself on the right road home.
5.0 out of 5 stars Instantly captures your imagination 27 Jun. 2013
By M. Reeves - Published on Amazon.com
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From the beginning that is startling and innovative, the story engrosses you with unexpected turns. The author puts the character in constantly new and bewildering situations, and it's a testimony to the skill of the author that the reader feels herself similarly put under challenges--what would you do in a situation like this, when everything that you think you are is gone? What would you do when you find that you don't like what you've become? What would you do when you find yourself having to respond to people in an entirely new way? How do you start to figure out what you are really like, and what you want?

These are the major questions that the author sets up for her character, and through an engrossing series of actions and vividly sketched characters, the author makes the character--and the reader--consider each one carefully. It was an extremely enjoyable and thought-breaking book experience!
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