Tina Goes to Heaven
“The Swedes have a word for it: hortur, a whore’s luck.” So begins the story of Shatina Winona Mai Martinez, aka Tina Martin, who attempts to find a way out of life as “girlfriend” to a pimp, finding that she cannot rely on “whore’s luck,” because there’s nothing lucky about being a whore.
Tina faces the challenges and risks of her situation with optimism, though it seems that every obstacle overcome contains the seeds of a new disaster.
For fans of Anne Tyler and Barbara Kingsolver, Lois Ann Abraham’s debut novel is an irreverent mid-life coming-of-age story about a resilient woman’s journey to find a place to call home.
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She went up the steps, swung open the screen door, and set foot inside the Happy Trout Fishing Resort for the first time. She heard the bright little bell on the door, but she didn’t feel her fate close in around her like a fist. And yet close it did. for better or for worse. Everything she had done, been, thought, felt, imagined, wanted, avoided, believed, denied, and lied around funneled into this moment. She could have backed out, but it would have been film unwinding, life unhappening, the butterfly climbing back into the cocoon and pulling it shut, and she was intent on solving the problem she perceived, unaware of the questions that needed answering. Who is this woman? What is she for?
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What they are saying about Tina Goes to Heaven…
Tina is a character we should all be reading: funny, honest, flawed, and allowed to be piercingly dear on the page.…Lois Ann Abraham is not afraid to write with real love, and Tina Goes to Heaven is an emotional treasure –
--Lydia Netzer, author of Shine shine shine
Tina Goes to Heaven is a delight: funny, poignant, and surprising.…Lois Ann Abraham is a natural writer with a sharp sense of the tragicomic, and a voice that’s fresh and endearing. The pages turn themselves.
--Lauren Acampora, author of The Wonder Garden
Tina Goes to Heaven is a crazy cocktail, mixed with mayhem and laughs and a dash of oddball noir. If you dig the Coen brothers this one will astonish!
--Joshua Mohr, author of All This Life
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