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Advance Praise for A Great Fullness :
With cinematic clarity and pace, A Great Fullness takes us inside a family caught in turmoil, as the drama of their lives reflects our troubled society and its broken capacity for joy. With illuminating skill, Bob Sommer heightens the reader’s awareness of both family dysfunction and our nation’s drift into war and needless ecological disaster, as history is held hostage to the misguided decisions of our leaders. Recent historical events are very well handled, avoiding didacticism while weaving humor and insight into an entertaining and relevant five-star tale.
—David Ray, award-winning poet, author of Sam’s Book and over a dozen other collections
Bob Sommer writes eloquently about ordinary Midwestern Americans confronted with the extraordinarily disruptive pressures of the twenty-first century. Again and again in this story of a girl raised by her aunt and uncle after her home has dissolved in a flurry of domestic bloodletting, one is struck with the complexity of seemingly nondescript characters and the menace behind the bland appearance of bedroom communities and sleek suburban malls. One is asked to care deeply about each character, likeable and not, and to experience an astonishing degree of secret sharing with respect to hopes, plans, perplexities, vulnerabilities, and defeats. The Kansas of A Great Fullness is too deeply understood and too particularly and painfully rendered to be just any place. Readers will come away from this book with a deepened understanding of the violence and longing that shape contemporary American life.
—William Merrill Decker, author of Kodak Elegy: A Cold War Childhood