The Raising

The Raising

A Novel

Book - 2011
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"Kasischke's writing does what good poetry does--it shows us an alternate world and lulls us into living in it . . . The language catapults us into another plane of existence, one of facade and reflection." --New York Times Book Review

"Haunting, unsettling, and unforgettable, The Raising limns love, longing, belonging and the things we only think we know about life--and yes, death." --Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You

From Laura Kasischke, the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of In a Perfect World and The Life Before Her Eyes, comes a hypnotic mystery about one girl's tragic death and the fallout that occurs on her closely-knit college campus. Part Stephen King, part Donna Tartt, and wholly unforgettable , Kasischke's The Raising sets a new standard for hair-raising literary suspense.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, c2011.
ISBN: 9780062004789
Branch Call Number: KASIS
Characteristics: 461, 16 p.

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Ulla11
Sep 20, 2011

I agree with redwallflower, the ending was anticlimactic and disappointing. I expected some sort of a resolution and explanation of the story's mysteries. Nevertheless, the penmanship is extremely good, the scenes are really well described, if somewhat excessively in places, and the study of the characters' emotional turmoil is fabulous. All in all the book is worth a read but don't expect a great reveal at the end.

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burleighsmith
Aug 07, 2011

One great yarn. Very well-designed. Caustic analysis of vagaries of campus life: hypocritical administrators, brutal sorority girls, and the tormented outsiders. The focus placed on the living seeing the walking dead is tenable for almost all of us. & it’s a most captivating premise. A hard book to put down—which is probably the key ingredient for popular success.

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redwallflower
May 02, 2011

It took me a while to get into this book and get used to the ever shifting perspectives and timeframes, but when I did I was hooked. And then I was disappointed by a rushed and murky ending. Definitely a let down.

debwalker Mar 19, 2011

Gripping story of the murder of a popular sorority member.
Chatelaine Book Club Pick April 2011: "A smart, dark and fun read that will make you relieved you never have to live through Greek Week again, as sister or regular student."

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