Asleep Without Dreaming

Asleep Without Dreaming By Barbara Forte Abate, Asleep Without Dreaming Fourteen year old Willa Burkett has been waiting her whole life to leave Hoosick Falls a nowhere place that fails to hold even a single good memory But when a series of vengeful incidents stir Willa
  • Title: Asleep Without Dreaming
  • Author: Barbara Forte Abate
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  • Asleep Without Dreaming By Barbara Forte Abate, Fourteen year old Willa Burkett has been waiting her whole life to leave Hoosick Falls a nowhere place that fails to hold even a single good memory But, when a series of vengeful incidents stir Willa s mother Stella to impulsively pack up and go, it is only to find themselves stranded in yet another ugly, near extinct town, only now, with a broken down car and no ready waFourteen year old Willa Burkett has been waiting her whole life to leave Hoosick Falls a nowhere place that fails to hold even a single good memory But, when a series of vengeful incidents stir Willa s mother Stella to impulsively pack up and go, it is only to find themselves stranded in yet another ugly, near extinct town, only now, with a broken down car and no ready way out Unable to move on until an alternate plan shows itself, they accept a job working for Omega Pearl Bodie, proprietress of the Moonglow motel a long forgotten, steadily decaying relic, where mostly nothing happens except now, when everything does It is here in this place of desperate loneliness and restless boredom that Willa will have her world rocked to the core in ways she doesn t immediately comprehend.The craziness of the life she s left behind all but eclipsed by the dark turn of the here and now, as Willa attempts to keep one step ahead of the ever twisting whims of a mother prone to keeping secrets and telling lies, a murderous arsonist returned to the scene of his earlier crimes to dole out revenge one fiery victim at a time and Jesse Truman A boy with indigo eyes that Omega Pearl has hiredas handyman at the Moonglow who Willa longs to save if only she understood what it is he needs saving from.
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    1. Barbara Forte Abate

      I grew up in a small town in Dutchess County, New York, the third of five children Although I started my first novel in 4th grade, I didn t recognize what would eventually become a lifelong passion until several years later as I found my thoughts routinely wandering off to inhabit imagined places spinning elaborate tales curiously populated by ever changing collections of strange and unique characters that seemed to arrive from nowhere, yet remained, incredibly content to live within my fictitious worlds.It would be impossible to determine or otherwise explain where the intense obsession to draw pictures and unreel emotion with words on paper originates from, just as it would be unfathomable to ever abandon It is simply there deep, unquenchable, eternal.Influences are everywhere and in abundance people I ve known over a lifetime, as well as those who have merely crossed my path and gone, yet touched in such a way as to remain memorable Places I ve been or merely absorbed fallen into through the pull of a photograph Experiences of love, loss, injury, joy, and impossible tragedy Events in our everyday world that sink so deeply they cannot be discarded from thought or memory And then any single thing, my Divine Creator who inspires me in all things not simply with the desire to create, but the faith to pursue and persevere for as long as it takes.

    305 thoughts on “Asleep Without Dreaming”

    1. This book was disappointing to me I really enjoyed the mental pictures that the author painted, but other than that there were not a lot of redeeming qualities The characters were all miserable people, in one way or another, and while I don t expect all happy and neat endings, some kind of silver lining would have been nice I kept waiting for the point of the story and never did get it I thought the ending was abrupt and after such a depressing length of time spent with Willa throughout the book [...]

    2. Halcyon Moon Books September 11, 2012 Trade Paperback ISBN 9780615685489Story Description Fourteen year old, Willa Burkett, has been waiting her whole life to leave Hoosick Falls, a nowhere place that fails to hold even a single good memory But, when a series of vengeful incidents stir Willa s mother Stella to impulsively pack up and go, it is to find themselves stranded in yet another ugly, near extinct town, only now, with a broken down car and no ready way out Unable to move on until an alter [...]

    3. Barbara Forte Abate s writing style has always delighted me and I was pleased to accept an arc of Asleep Without Dreaming Abate took me on a coming of age journey at the Moonglow motel with fleshed out characters and a look at life in a forgotten town I quickly became caught up in this slow moving tale and let her words carry me away.We meet protagonist fourteen year old Willa Burkett and her mother Stella, as they leave the town of Hoosick Falls in a dilapidated car with a cardboard window flap [...]

    4. Sometimes a book is so richly woven that it takes on a life of it s own, projecting itself in vivid technicolor upon the inner walls of ones mind Asleep Without Dreaming is one such novel Decidedly literary and with a healthy dose of suspense and a light sprinkling of young love, I was pulled into the dysfunctional relationship that the main character Willa had with her mother, Stella And that Stella, let me tell you, is a piece of work The author gives us glimpses throughout the novel of Stella [...]

    5. If you are looking for a feel good book to read then put this down and find something else This is one of the most depressing, dark books I have read in a long time I loved it I have never cared for the syrupy, sweet romances out in the world Give me a story full of emotion, no matter how dark and I love it I want to feel something when I read a story I want to be able to relate I want to think I know where the story is going and then have the author surprise me with the ending This book is all [...]

    6. MILD SPOILERS I won this book through a giveaway, so I ll start out by saying that I was somewhat unsure of how I would like the book, since I usually have a very thorough process of choosing what I read.I shouldn t have worried at all.This book was so refreshing It is beautiful And at the same time, tragic, and haunting, and poignant.The relationships Willa has with everyone around her seem so strong which isn t necessarily positive.Willa s interactions with Stella are heartbreaking from the be [...]

    7. Willa is dying to get out of the tiny town she grew up in So when her mother announces they are leaving she is thrilled But complications land them in another small town while they wait for a chance to leave again Willa s mom Stella takes a job at a motel to provide them with a place to stay But this small town has secrets Arsonists and crazy people to name just a few.This was a very difficult book for me to review If I was going to rate the book on writing style, graphic imagery, and plot I wou [...]

    8. Strongly disliked this book I m seriously sorry that I wasted my time finishing I waited forever for something to develop and then boom last 10 15 pages misery finally came to a miserable end, one that I did not see coming I will admit There was very little life, very little happiness and absolutely no hope for any of these characters Yuck.

    9. Seriously All things considered, since this is my very own newborn book, you knew this totally unbiased rating was coming, right D

    10. Barbara Forte Abate has written a heartbreaking novel in Asleep Without Dreaming Willa Burkett is a teenage girl who is at the mercy of her neglectful and spiteful mother, Stella All Stella cares about is money, her hare brained schemes, and looking like Jackie O Now on the run from Hoosick Falls for no reason known to Willa, she and Stella land in Harriet s Bluff after their car breaks down for good Taken in by Omega Pearl Bodie, who runs The Moonglow, Stella begins working as a maid cleaning t [...]

    11. Willa Burkett, age fourteen, has been waiting her whole life to leave the lackluster town of Hoosick Falls Her mother, Stella, makes a rapid and impulsive shift to get them out of town and leave everyone behind, including her father They end up in the Moonglow Motel threatened by Norman Hitchcock, a legend in the town, while their car is broken down, vandalized and useless.Omega Pearle Bodie, owner and operator of the motel, puts Stella to work Their lives turn dark In the desperate loneliness a [...]

    12. Stella impulsively packs up her 14 year old daughter, Willa, and leaves Hoosick Falls behind A broken down car leaves them stranded in yet another small town Unable to carry on with the original plan, Stella and Willa settle in the new town and start working for Omega Pearl Bodie Curious Willa tries to keep one step ahead of her secretive not to be questioned mother, a handyman, an arsonist and escaped convict It s a summer of lies and flames.Every now and then, I read about a character that I f [...]

    13. Young Willa is at the mercy of her sporadic and emotionally unstable mother, Stella When Stella packs Willa up in the middle of the night to leave town, Willa not only doesn t question it, she is thrilled to finally be leaving Unfortunately, their car breaks breaks down stranding them in a dinky little town with no money and no prospects Working at a local motel with her mother, Willa meets and falls in love with the local handiteen, who is harboring his own dark past and hidden secrets The verb [...]

    14. It was going along okay, but died at the end The ending just doesn t make sense to me see spoiler if you want it ruined for you view spoiler I got that the boy killed himself That made sense, although I never did figure out whether she told people he did it or they figured it out somehow or what The real failure is the ending of Willa s story Am I supposed to believe that she both is traveling around having one night stands in different towns AND is living in the abandoned hotel It doesn t sound [...]

    15. I love a book that pulls me into every thought, emotion, sensation, environmental surroundings, character The story was captivating as you lived through Willa s 15th summer The side story of the criminal and the fires brought a break in the story and kept me intrigued But the writing held me from page to page, reluctant to close the book An incredible wordsmith, Barbara Forte Abate is one accomplished writer.

    16. I didn t read very far into this book about a rundown hotel and a bad guy on the loose named Norman Hitchcock I kept wondering why the author didn t pick a unique name without ties to Norman Bates, one of Hitchcock s best known bad guys who runs an old hotel I assume the rest of the story isn t too original and great.

    17. I m finding myself in a minority based on the previous reviews showing on this page I did not like this book It is completely devoid of hope and not a single character has any redeeming qualities If you have any tendencies toward depression I strongly recommend you skip this one.

    18. I liked the writing style of this book but am left feeling bereft because of the behavior of the adults and the impact on the teenagers I ll always wonder what will become of Willa later in her life.

    19. The only reason I put myself through the ordeal of reading this overly worded novel is because I was looking for a great ending Didn t happen The ending was very disappointing I would not recommend this one Too many other good books it there to waste time on this one.

    20. This book was better than I expected Another free book downloaded from It was a bit depressing but kept my interest.

    21. interesting, but at times difficult to follow when the author passes between past and present, even within the same chapter

    22. Keep me interested for the most part even though I had to skip a few paragraphs to get to the next point I was suprised and a little disappointed with the ending.

    23. There s too much despair in the story.The tone is depressing and the plot moves at a slow pace.There is not much to look forward to.I give up.

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