L.E.K. received an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize for, "Charity: A Memoir."
A Good High Place
Reviewed by the Grand Rapids Press! Check it out here.
"Incredibly timely, despite the fact that much of it was set almost a hundred years ago. Filled with complex characters living in a changing world. This is a book for people for whom the act of reading a novel is an all-encompassing pastime. What will charm the reader most about Kimball is the compassion she has for her characters' weaknesses."-Amy Sumerton, Program Director of 826michigan
“Ortega y Gassett says, ‘Tell me the landscape in which you live, and I will tell you who you are.’ The place itself—northern Michigan—bursts alive in L.E. Kimball’s wonderful debut novel, as do these unforgettable characters who inhabit its spirit and magic and grace. And the story so beautifully told that I read it in a single sitting, and then began reading it again.”—Jack Driscoll, author of How Like an Angel
“With poetry and spirit Kimball's words are like magic, moving fluently through time, multiple voices, and histories. Elk Rapids, Michigan is so intricately rendered it becomes another unforgettable character in this poignant tale about the wages of friendship, loss, and the heart in search of its rightful home. A thoroughly engaging novel and a luminous debut.”—Jaimee Wriston Colbert, author of Shark Girls
“If novels were bodies of water, A Good High Place would be a clear, rapid river running through the primeval forest of northern Michigan, revealing to its readers pools and eddies, places inhabited by love, loss, remembrance, and the ever elusive trout. L. E. Kimball’s story is written with grace and ease as it explores what was and, hopefully, what will always be true about our at once forbidding and generous American landscape.”—John Smolens, author of The Anarchist
Beautiful writing, unforgettable characters, a complex, fascinating story line as well as lovely descriptions of northern Michigan landscapes and histories bring this book to the top of my list. A Good High Place is the tender tale of the lives of two women, Native American Kachina and white Luella, who are drawn to each other yet conflicted by their cultures, an unspoken family connection and even love for the same man. Both women have their own deep spirituality to guide them as they grow into adulthood, see family members sent to the Traverse City Asylum, experience the coming end of the logging era, and watch the gradual decline of Luella's father's steamship business.
~ Jill Webb, Cottage Books
Northport Books Review: Click Here
Update 12/22/13: Natural Bridge has nominated L.E.K.'s work for the 2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Press for, "Charity and Gin: A Memoir"
Update 10/16/12: L.E.K. will be published in Natural Bridge Literary Journal (University of Missouri) for her piece, "Charity: A Memoir" this spring!
Update 2/22/12: L.E.K. was a Foreward Book of the Year Finalist 2010
LE.K. has also made the A-list!!! See below!
"The Love-Charr"- Gray's Sporting Journal
Fly Fishing Edition
Published April 2012!
Signings and Events
New Events for 2012
You can now buy A Good High Place at Snowbound Books!
June 24th- 1:00, Signing
118 N Third Street
June 30th- 1:00-3:00pm
Tahquamenon Area Public School Library
700 Newberry Avenue
October 1st- 1:00, Reading, Portage Lake District Library
58 Huron Street
September 24th- 11:00, Reading, Elk Rapids Town Hall, Elk Rapids, MI
May 29th - Book signing, Horizon Bookstore, Traverse City, MI
243 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI
July 8th - Book signing, Horizon Bookstore, Traverse City, MI
July 24th - Book signing, Schuler Book Store noon – 4 p.m.
Schuler Book Store
1982 W. Grand River Ave.
Okemos, MI 48864 517-349-8840
July 29th- Book Signing, Leelanau Books 1 p.m - 3 p.m.
109 N. Main St.
P.O. Box 1108
Leland, MI 49654
Ph:231-256-7111 Fax: 231-256-2478
August 6th and 7th - Book signing, Village Market of Elk Rapids
250 Ames Street
Elk Rapids, MI
August 21st - Book Signing, Cottage Bookstore, 2p.m. - 4 p.m.
5989 S Lake Glen Arbor, MI 49636
September 4th, 5th, 6th - Book Signing, Artistic Reflections Craftshow, 10a.m. - 4 p.m. (September 6th hours are 10a.m - 3p.m.)
(Romeo Peach Festival)
Croswell Elementary School
175 Croswell Street
October 23rd - Book Signing, Village Market in Rapid City
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
9556 Rapid City Rd NW
Rapid City, MI
October 24th- Book Signing- Village Market of Elk Rapids
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
250 Ames Street
Elk Rapids, MI
Cottage Books in Glen Arbor has picked A Good High PLace for Book-of-the-Month Club for November!