GOAT HILL

GOAT HILL Goat Hill is the Providence meeting place of writers Hester Kaplan, Ann Hood, and Taylor Polites. We produce a wide range of literary events, offer writing workshops and one-on-one mentoring. Recent events have included: “Food Stars” with Ruth Reichl and Michael Ruhlman; “Thrillers” with Laura Lippman and Alison Gaylin; “The Art of the Memoir” with Dani Shapiro and Andre Dubus III; Agent Speed-Dating; and Workshop-Palooza!  Goat Hill is committed to supporting writers and readers of all ages in Rhode Island’s vibrant literary life through innovative programming and community involvement. Goat Hill is proud to partner with School One on Write Rhode Island! a state-wide writing competition for students in grades 8 – 12. In 2016 – 2017, Write Rhode Island! partnered with libraries, schools, and community organizations to give free writing workshops to students across the state, and produced an anthology of the winning stories. Please visit our website for more information on Goat Hill and Write Rhode Island!: goathillwriters.com MORE...
The Tell, Hester Kaplan ~ Book review

The Tell, Hester Kaplan ~ Book review

The Tell, Hester Kaplan ~ Book review In The Tell Hester sildenafil argentina Kaplan has woven a story of intrigue, connections, relationships, memories, history and more. Admittedly, emotion is hard to come by in the early pages. Our triangle of characters is so intertwined, and yet, so distant. So separate. So individual. But there would be no story without any one of them. We meet Owen, and immediately meet Mira. His wife. Don’t their names (especially hers?) just flow so well? They seem to have so much, and so little. Possessions? Check. But money? Not so much. The home they live in and everything in it dates back to Mira’s history. Her family. Her deceased parents. We imagine the loss she experienced. We know why she holds onto everything. I do – I could totally relate, especially to the point where she tells her husband why she just CAN’T part with a single thing. It made me connect with Mira in a http://www.viagragenericoes24.com/nombres-de-viagras way that I hadn’t yet in the story. But before that point I started to doubt her. Which isn’t to say I don’t doubt her again later on. Or that you won’t. But that one line, that one reveal. She seems more human. More real to me. Because you see, Wilton came along. He arrived early on. So early on that we didn’t have a chance to trust or doubt Owen and Mira’s relationship. I almost wanted to see more of them before he arrived. Mira seemed so drawn to him so quickly. Pulled http://www.viagragenericoes24.com/nombres-de-viagras in. Everyone was. Was it his persona? Who he was? The...
Harper Reviews: New Fiction – The Tell

Harper Reviews: New Fiction – The Tell

New Fiction: The Tell – Hester Kaplan  This book won me over with the sentences–I think I was in love five pages in. Kaplan is the sort of writer who can make a sentence a synesthetic experience. An example: check out her description of the young husband of the story describing the vacant old Baltimore mansion next door to his home: He’d been inside only once, after the ancient owner had croaked in her bed and the place had been efficiently emptied by her officious out-of-state children.  The apocalyptic vacancy of the rooms, the fissured ceilings, the washcloth on the floor of the tub, the isopropyl chill in the air, had awed him. There was something about all those aristocratic details of leaded glass, inlaid floors and lights hanging like distended organs that made him think of an old man, useless now in a threadbare suit and expensive shoes whom no one wanted to talk to anymore.  He couldn’t imagine who would want to take on the colossus—smaller and less elaborate than the one he and Mira lived in, but still daunting and ridiculous enough—who would want to coddle it and tend to its bounty of needs, its pickiness.” Thrilling. So what about the plot? It’s the story of a young couple whose lives are upended when a forgotten TV star moves into the house next to theirs. Maybe it’s because this story takes place in Baltimore, but Kaplan’s humor and generosity—the way the improbable is made logical—all reminded me of Anne Tyler. Overall though, this book felt darker, the risks and errors a little more breath-taking. What both writers have in common...