• Print Length: 284 pages
• Publisher: Campanile Books
Little Is Left to Tell is the haunting novel by master fabulist Steven Hendricks. Enter a nocturnal world where the unreal is seen on a liminal horizon of fading memory, illuminated by partial understanding and lyrical fictions. Virginia the Wolf writes her last novel to lure her daughter home. A rabbit named Hart Crane must eat words to speak, while passing zeppelins drop bombs. Mr. Fin tries to read the past in marginalia and to rebuild his son from boat parts. A novel that bridges between dreamscape and reality, Little Is Left to Tell is entrancing and enthralling.
“In Little is Left to Tell one scene is quietly illuminated and then that illumination glides to the next, equally quiet and wondrous. Like a dream that inhabits an entire life, even a life of reading, this is a deeply rich and surprising novel.” — Amina Cain, author of Creature
“A tale about the ravages of old age, the weight of the past and bunny rabbits. Debut novelist Hendricks tries to apply the whimsical mood of fairy tales to the mildly experimental fiction at play here, and he largely succeeds despite the grim nature of his story. …A vivid story that uses the language and metaphors of myth to reflect on the unkind nature of age and perception.” — Kirkus Reviews
Good morning everyone and thanks for stopping by my blog to check out my stop on the blog tour for Little is Left to Tell by Steven Hendricks. Thank you to the author, the publisher and TLC Book Tours for giving me the chance to read this book on exchange for an honest review of it.
Little is Left to Tell is a very unique book about an old man named Mr. Fin who finds himself battling dementia and grieving for his son.
This book was completely unlike any book that I have read to date. It completely blindsided me. I was expecting a fantasy novel and what I got when I was reading it was fantasy mixed with contemporary fiction mixed with fairy tales and it was a mixture that really worked for me.
I will admit that when I first started reading it and getting used to the narrative flow, I became easily confused. But I had to adjust to the writing and storytelling mode present in this book which is definitely unlike most things that I read on a daily basis which is why I believe I got confused at first. I would recommend going into it with a mindset that this is a book that is going to make you think and will be deeper and affect you deeper than everyday reads like thrillers or everyday contemporaries. It reminded me a lot of Alice in Wonderland style tales or other similarly written fairy tales that have dense writing, twisting narratives and emotional stories. This book isn’t really what I would call a fast read although I did read it in a little over a day. The writing was beautiful, complicated and eloquent. It was a story that evoked plenty of emotion and wonder. I am giving his book a four star review since I enjoyed it so much and I will definitely be revisiting it in the future as I don’t think this book is one that I can read only once.
About Steven Hendricks
Steven Hendricks lives in Olympia, Wa. with his wife and two children. He teaches writing and book arts at The Evergreen State College. His work has appeared in The Denver Quarterly (2000), Conjunctions (2001), Fold: The Reader ( 2002), and The Encyclopedia Project Vol. 3 (Sidebrow, forthcoming). He earned his MFA in Writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. Little is Left to Tell is his first novel.
Visit Steven at his website.