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The Pink House paperback

The Pink House paperback

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Jen Johanssen is a former porn actor trying to fit into the world of academia. Her sister, Lolly Johanssen, is a cancer survivor. Nicole Parks is in prison for loving the wrong guy. And Sonya Yakowski, also in prison, is a member of a family of traveling criminals, desperately missing her young son. The lives of these four women converge in a Florida prison, where Jen and Lolly have joined forces to put on a grant-funded drama production. Despite their remarkably divergent histories, these women come together in unexpected ways, each beginning to confront and forgive her own past.
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Benjamin Crawford Haag
The Latest Step in a Long and Growing Parade of Excellence

Pat MacEnulty has a gift for drawing the reader into the rich lives of believable characters slowly, gradually, until you've found yourself a fourth of the way through the book and unable to put it down. Having had the pleasure of being in writers-retreat workshops with her once or twice, I can say that her writing undeniably reflects her personality -- insightful, utterly unpretentious, dedicated to her craft, extremely clever. That, and modestly courageous, as reading any of her biographical works will show, clearly and beautifully.

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Mark Schultz
I really enjoyed this story!

This is a wonderful story. These women, from such diverse backgrounds, come across as very tangible. Using the vehicle of a memoir, their different stories converge in a Florida women’s prison.The author does a marvelous job of depicting each of the women as a unique individual with their own ambitions and desires. She makes effective use of accents and colloquialisms to differentiate the characters from each other.Much of the book is set in the prison and those descriptions are vivid without being overdone. The dialogue and action all propel the story forward at a very nice pace.I award 4.9 stars to “The Pink House”.

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Kevin M. Murphy
The Pink House--Both captivating and liberating.

Trish MacEnulty's The Pink House is perfectly paced and sharply realized--you feel that you are seeing the movie it will be made into rather than reading its words on the page. This novel has enough introspection to make you care about the women, enough action to make you worry about them. Its ending is a true rarity--emotionally rich and wonderfully satisfying. Its powerful themes, among them the transforming power of art, of friendship, of family--leave the reader changed. MacEnulty's characters have their own voices and stories--each is distinct as charms on a charm bracelet, with prison the common ring that binds them together. And yet The Pink House is much more than a prison novel--this is a life novel we all can relate to. MacEnulty's novel is a rich and rewarding book in so many ways--grab it!

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Bonnie Hoover Braendlin
A great read!

Trish MacEnulty writes in the tradition of the female bildungsroman, depicting the self-discovery journey of Jen Johanssen from anger and self-loathing to a new awareness of her worth as a caring person. Along the way we are introduced to other women, her ailing sister Lolly and several inmates of a women’s prison in particular. The fascinating and varied stories of their life journeys as they confront the debilitating memories of past lives and learn to live productive lives in the present make for a very entertaining and thought-provoking read. Buy it for yourself, give it as a gift, introduce it to your book club. You’ll be glad you did!

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Amazon Customer
One of the best reads of the year and I read a lot

This book grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. One of the best reads of the year and I read a lot. At turns laugh out loud funny, touching, sad, sexy, frustrating, and heartbreaking. The author has the unique talent of being able to juggle so many stories and voices and yet keep everything clear and compelling. So much about this book makes it easy to rave about. The relationship of Jen and Lolly, the setting of a sultry North Florida summer to a chilly late fall, the women in prison who all have their own amazing stories and voices, their humor, their pain, their hopes. MacEnulty even is a genre shape-shifter,which doesn't usually work out, but she is a real pro and makes it work for the story. Nobody here gets off the hook easily but the author also never gratuitously manipulates us into disliking anyone for cheap theatrics. Finally, I think the element in the writing that elevates it from a great page turner to something loftier is the poetry that she coaxes out of her characters or that they coaxed out of her. Every page has one or two observations or comments that compels one to put the book down and close one's eyes to contemplate what one has just read. Which, to me, is the highest compliment a reader can extend to an author. You made me laugh, you made me think, you made me see. You made me hungry and happy to be alive and sad and then all those things again, and then again. Bravo! Now go and sell a million or two books.