AWARDS FOR HEART'S BLOOD:
Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012
Finalist, 2012 International Book Awards Western Fiction
Honorable Mention, 2012 San Francisco Book Festival
Finalist, Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest
WHAT CRITICS SAY:
“The author’s love for Arizona is immersed in her lyrical writing, as the impact of environment on family is threaded wonderfully into various plotlines...Zinn’s characterization is purposeful, deep and rich... An eloquent, refreshing perspective of the struggles faced by those living along the Mexican border.” --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Zinn’s fine crafting is revealed in the characters she has brought to life.... a writer to watch. After immersing themselves in this emotive family saga, her readers will want to know more and to see what happens next both within and beyond the pages of this engaging novel." --RECOMMENDED by the US Review of Books
"A nostalgic western mixed with a modern drama primed with enough action to keep you wanting more. Every character, and even the animals, feels genuine in this book. After reading this book, the people in it will stay with you forever--that is how powerful these characters are emotionally. But the best thing about this book is its heart." --The San Francisco Book Review (Star Rating: 5 out of 5)
“... a page-turner, a great read. The superb, flowing writing not only rocks out a moving narrative, but also evokes a riveting sense of place... This novel captures it all, shifting effortlessly from action to lyricism, giving the reader the best of both… a fast-moving tale of love and loss, murder and mayhem, tragedy and comedy, youth and age...written with an excellent grasp of the tangled complexities of life on our southern border. I did not want it to end.” --C. McClain, The Patagonia Regional Times
“For a fairly short book, Heart’s Blood spans a great length of time without sacrificing depth or character development through Zinn’s expert choices of scenes and detail. The plot unfolds as gently as the sprawling grasslands and rolling hills of the Arizona landscape that she depicts in stunning detail. Quill Says: A beautiful, thoughtful novel in which ties of love and blood vie for supremacy against a backdrop of lush scenery and honest lives.” – C. Bickel, The Feathered Quill Book Reviews
WHAT READERS SAY - AMAZON READER REVIEWS for Heart’s Blood:
✩✩✩✩✩ Definitely a worthwhile read, February 12, 2012
By OlTex (Sour Lake, TX USA) -
Perhaps one of the best novels I have read. Fascinating and intricate character development, and a truly captivating story-line. The writing is impeccable, with a richness of visual imagery and fascinating insight of human emotional make-up.
The plot flows easily through its intriguing complexities, and unexpected (although maybe anticipated) turns. Perhaps most rewarding is the careful and clearly written development of the character of the key players, each with very different personalities, and how their interactions impact and shape the lives of the others over several generations.
Is genetics/blood more important to what we are than environment? "Heart's Blood" has an opinion.
✩✩✩✩✩ A Great Read, January 19, 2012
By cmcclain -
This book is a page-turner, a great read. I read it while sitting on my deck during summer evenings and could not make myself put it down long enough to go inside and make dinner. That's the kind of book I love...it is time well spent. The superb, flowing writing not only rocks out a moving narrative, but also evokes a riveting sense of place, that place being our troubled and often tragic border with Mexico, a place both stunningly beautiful and violent. This novel captures it all, shifting effortlessly from action to lyricism, giving the reader the best of both. Set in the desert grasslands of the Southwest, it is a family saga that expands beyond its geography, appealing even to readers who have never set foot in this region of our country. It is a fast-moving tale of love and loss, murder and mayhem, tragedy and comedy, youth and age...written with an excellent grasp of the tangled complexities of life on our southern border. I did not want it to end.
✩✩✩✩✩ Heart's Blood, January 17, 2012
By PWHutchins -
I found this book to be very enjoyable. I was intrigued by its characters and, as in all good books , I was carried along through the unfolding story in a rich and intimate way (which gave me a perspective and understanding of a world I would never otherwise know). I came away with more respect for the strong people who live along the Mexican-American border.
✩✩✩✩✩ Love this book!, February 16, 2012
By Charlotte -
This was a book that I just did not want to end. The story is compelling and moves along through generations, cultures and landscapes seamlessly. The characters are so varied and so beautifully drawn, you know them through a complex variety of moods, ages, circumstances, just like life. And the sense of place is so powerful and alive. It is obvious how rooted Ms. Zinn is in this beautiful southern AZ landscape, and how immediately she experiences the ancient land, the critters, the air. A powerful and beautiful story.
✩✩✩✩✩ Heart's Blood, January 20, 2012
By Annie McGreevy -
Heart's Blood captures a mixture of Anglos, Mexican Americans, Mexicans and Indians along the rural Arizona Border in the late 1900s. The thoughtful book is filled with two generations of memorable characters, loving and evil, often dealing with the universal confusion of family blood connections. The tale is fast moving and fascinating.
CRITICAL PRAISE FOR HEART'S BLOOD...