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Ho Springs by Pamela Redmond Satran

a little spa town near the gates of hell 

Set in a fictionalized version of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Ho Springs is the story of a native daughter who returns home after 20 years in Paris to find her family in a shambles, their historic restaurant shuttered, the town itself in chaos. Ho Springs is told from several characters’ viewpoints, including a Parisian teenager and a meth ho, an Evangelical preacher and his hardworking mom, the town psychic and a local vet.

Note: Ho Springs contains some graphic sexual content, graphic violence, and harsh language.


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Listed: Mar 14, 2010

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By Linda Schoales, editor

Mar 13, 2010: The first chapter is well-written. Pam and her daughter have left Paris and come back to Ho Springs, the town Pam left years ago.

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By Eviltwinpixie, member

Jul 1, 2010: When I clicked on Ho Springs, I intended only to look at the interesting website design and read the first chapter. By the time I’d done that, however, I was hooked, and have now plugged several hours into reading it. The site design is beautiful. Vibrant and interesting, the header tells you a lot about the story before you read anything or click on the pretty neon icons. The story itself is excellently written. The characters are well-realized and each one has a very distinctive and individual voice. I like some better than others, but I find myself caring about them as I go through the story, and fascinated by what they will do next. The writing is descriptive and precise, allowing me to picture scenes and characters nicely without lingering too long over it. I am enjoying the multimedia nature of it. Being able to click a link and check out the recipe for a cake a character is serving or listen to the song another is playing in her car—these little touches make it unique and very interesting.

I haven’t finished reading yet, but I’m working my way through with enthusiasm. Ho Springs is definitely a story I’ll be keeping up with.

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