Sarah Collins Honenberger
ABOUT THE BOOK: Aging cowboy Rhue Hogan can t remember falling off the wild mare, but the leg cast and the burial of his best friend are enough to send him back to New York City to find the son he s never met. When his son 40 year-old Ford Hogan leaves the city to bury his mother s ashes, he invites Evie Newton, a young woman he barely knows, to help him explore his Puritan roots. As Ford and Rhue chase their private demons, a midget psychic, two juvenile delinquents, a boy fisherman, and a cynical detective come to the rescue. Entranced by a desire to love and be loved, but scared of commitment, both father and son dance around the possibility of redemption until they discover that heartfelt words have the power to build bridges.
Waltzing Cowboys is a splendid novel, in design and execution a fancy two-step the past does with the present. Ms. Honenberger is a writer with a wealth of talent, all of which she wisely spends in the service of her characters, for hers is the notion that we servants of the liar s art have the moral obligation to address the truths slight and grand, welcome and not that animate our crooked kind. Lordy, what sweet music this writing is to my ear. --Lee Abbott, Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of All Things, All At Once
I read Waltzing Cowboys with a great deal of pleasure. The writing is alive . . . sense of place is excellent, and . . . for all its dark side, it is, finally, a happy story about good people, unusual in this day and age. Unflinching, yet positive. --George Garrett, Novelist, Former Chair UVA English Dept, Former VA Poet Laureate
White Lies is a brilliant debut by a fine new novelist, a rare gem - a superbly written tale that deals with the sorts of things that matter most in life - such as love and family - and also with such great and timeless themes as tragedy and triumph; character strengths and failings; duty, honor and integrity; and courage in the face of adversity. Sarah Collins Honenberger is a gifted storyteller, a master of nuance who knows how to move you deeply; how to lift your heart; how to grab your attention and hold it. -----Copley News Service
Praise for Honenberger's first book:
A Tale of Babies, Vaccines, and Deception
"... a fine new novelist ... Honenberger is a gifted storyteller, a master of nuance who knows how to move you deeply; how to lift your heart; how to grab your attention and hold it"
-Copley News Service
"A lesson in how the quietest fiction can often be the most powerful."
-Meridian Editor, Stephen Boykewich
"I convinced myself that no one would really buy a book based on its opening chapter. I was wrong. I read Sarah Collins Honenberger's first chapter on her web site, http://www.readwhitelies.com/, and promptly went out and bought the book. I was excited, angry, sad, concerned, disturbed, because that's what the characters deserved, because the author made me care. If you're looking for a really good read, with two fascinating, flawed, wise and wonderful lead characters ... this book fulfilled its promise."
-Sheila Deeth, Gather.com reviewer
"Honenberger's White Lies is a compelling account of tragedy, but it is also a compelling portrayal of heroism and how complicated and difficult it is to right a wrong. Here is a courtroom drama of the highest order, where the human scale of justice and suffering is beautifully portrayed. White Lies is a wonderfully sympathetic and knowing portrait of a sorrowing mother and the attorney who came to her aid."
-Carrie Brown, The Hatbox Baby, Confinement,
Rose's Garden, and The House at Belle Isle