Living in Threes

Living in Threes[Ebook] ➯ Living in Threes ➮ Judith Tarr – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Three lives Three worlds Three times Three young women, past, present, and future, come together to solve an age old mystery and save a worldMeredith has the summer all planned She ll hang out with he Three lives Three worlds Three times Three young women, past, present, and Living in PDF \ future, come together to solve an age old mystery and save a worldMeredith has the summer all planned She ll hang out with her friends, ride her horse, and spend time with her mom, who is recovering from cancer Then her mom drops a bomb she s sending Meredith to Egypt to dig up mummies with her aunt the archaeologist Meredith doesn t want to go At all But there are forces at work than a sixteenth birthday present she doesn t want and a summer she didn t plan and a greater adventure than she could ever have imaginedMeru lives in a far future Earth, where disease has been eliminated and humans travel through the stars in living ships Meru and her friend Yoshi have been accepted into the school for starpilots, but just as they re about to leave, a strange message from Meru s mother drives Meru away from her home and family and sends her on a journey to find her mother and save the people of Earth from a terrible plagueMeritre is a singer in the Temple of Amon in ancient Egypt Her people have survived a devastating plague, but Meritre is foresighted, and what she sees is terrifying As she tries to find a magical spell that will keep her family and friends safe, the gods take one last life and that life, and death, resonate through Meredith and Meru to the end of time. This is one of those projects that needed the freedom of small press.Judith Tarr, whose name many of you will recognize, had written the project of her heart her agent read it, loved it, said, I m not sure how to market it But sent it out anyway And after a few ice ages had passed, notes came back from editors that boiled down to Loved it, but not sure how to market it.So Judy brought it to the rest of us at Book View Cafe When I read it, I saw what the Big Six was whinnying about much o This is one of those projects that needed the freedom of small press.Judith Tarr, whose name many of you will recognize, had written the project of her heart her agent read it, loved it, said, I m not sure how to market it But sent it out anyway And after a few ice ages had passed, notes came back from editors that boiled down to Loved it, but not sure how to market it.So Judy brought it to the rest of us at Book View Cafe When I read it, I saw what the Big Six was whinnying about much of the subject matter was definitely YA, without the familiar these days love triangle centered around an angsty iteration of Draco Malfoy Instead of a variation on teenagers enduring some form of gladiatorial violence, there is a nasty plague threatening to go pandemic The protagonist is an everyday horse girl, texting constantly with friends in the here and now, but there is also a historical element And a sfnal element.And a mystery to be solved.And a fantastic element, in the psychic link across time and space A fantasy, then But the subject matter was profoundly real love, death Friendship Dreams and duty And the big questions paradigm, meaning, identity.As Judy worked on the book, no longer constrained by trying to fit it into a definitive marketing slot, those disparate elements became its strength I read it three times, and though the voice is breezy, at times funny, I teared up all three times It starts out the summer Meredith turns sixteen At last her life seemsor less normal her mom has recovered from life threatening illness, her horse Bonnie might be pregnant Then Mom drops the bombSeriously said Cat They re giving you Egypt for your birthday When Cat gets excited she gets squeaky She was up in bat territory now Between that and the arctic air conditioning and the solar flare lighting, the Ice Creamery was a migraine waiting to happen I d had a psycho break and ordered a Bama Slammer, which was a double banana split with blackberries, pecans, peaches, three different sauces, and enough ice cream to feed a third world country I already had brain freeze from eating the first few spoonfuls too fast I picked at the rest while Cat gnawed on her Choco Cone In between bites she kept squeaking Egypt King Tut Pyramids Barging down the Nile Terrorists, I said, two solid octaves down from her Sandstorms Mummies Meredith does not want to be packed up and sent overseas, but the adults have decreed, and it s the part of a kid to obey Even if you re sixteen, so no longer a kid Meredith is furious, withdraws to writeand falls into a vision against the wall, a shadow stirred Wings unfurled, half mist, half solid Eyes glittered above a drift of fog that might have been a beak The starwing stroked its half substantial wingtip across Meru s cheek, a touch like ice and smoke .The vision is not Meredith s story, it s a vision vision, of a girl named Meru who, with her best friend, a boy named Yoshi, are determined to be picked for star pilot school, but then Meru gets a message that her mother is missing And Meredith falls out of the vision What to make of that Events begin to accelerate Egyptward, in spite of Meredith s wishes, and it happens again A hawk hung on the pinnacle of heaven From the temple far below, it looked like a bird of metal suspended in the sky The sun s heat was fierce, but Meritre shivered The choir was so much smaller than it had been a year ago so many lost, so many voices silenced Of those whom the plague had left, too many were thin and pale, and their singing barely rippled the air above the courtyard They would be strong again New voices would join the chorus Pharaoh had promised, swearing that the promise came from the great god Amon himself.This time the vision is not in the future, but long in the pastand the weird thing is, when Meredith gets to Egypt at last, little things begin to look familiar from the vision.The visions come together to solve a mystery a race against time, only how do you measure it when the three voices are separated by thousands of years There are two climaxes, with Meredith emerging, with profound and painful insight, onto the threshold of adulthood I don t cry for humans I cry for things that are so beautiful I just can t stand it, like Bonnie in front of me, all crusty from rolling in the sand, with a mouthful of half chewed hay and eyes that knew everything I d ever thought or felt or been Impatient Bonnie, who always has to be moving and thinking and doing, stood for a long time while I cried into her mane Her warm animal smell filled my nose.I think this book is so warm, so wise I d put it into the hands of a ten year old, yet the adult me was swept up in it with all the old intensity.It was one of my favorite books of 2012, now with a far better cover This was a book received through LibraryThing s Early Reviewers thank you I ve been trying to cut back on the books I put my name in for on LibraryThing, because while I ve had pretty good luck there have been a number of clunkers plus I m a ways behind on my Netgalley books But when I saw Judith Tarr s name on the book, it was a no brainer I had to request it, and I was happy when I received it I was not so happy with the cover art This is one of those times when I m happy to have t This was a book received through LibraryThing s Early Reviewers thank you I ve been trying to cut back on the books I put my name in for on LibraryThing, because while I ve had pretty good luck there have been a number of clunkers plus I m a ways behind on my Netgalley books But when I saw Judith Tarr s name on the book, it was a no brainer I had to request it, and I was happy when I received it I was not so happy with the cover art This is one of those times when I m happy to have the Kindle, so I don t have to look at that It s awful, amateurish and ill conceived and just plain ugly Book View Caf , the cooperative publisher which allows authors to publish books they either can t or don t wish to take through traditional venues, apparently does not have an art department The book starts off much like one of the girls and horses books I loved when I was a tween and teen it is a young adult novel, and there is a heavy horse presence I don t know if I would have loved it when I was the age of the characters, though Meredith is a sixteen year old Florida girl who is looking forward to a summer spent with her friends and her newly pregnant Lipizzaner mare However, her mother in remission from a serious bout with cancer not that any bout with cancer is anything to take frivolously puts a very firm kibosh on the plans Meredith s aunt, an archaeologist working in Egypt, is on the verge of something big, and Meredith is going to go join her dig And there s not a thing she can do to prevent it to Egypt she, sullenly, goes Just before she leaves, she takes refuge in one of her favorite pastimes she begins writing a story It writes itself, really a science fiction tale set in the far future about four thousand years out about a sixteen year old girl named Meru whose mother also an archaeologist, of sorts has gone missing, whose last fragmented message sends Meru looking for her into areas where she should not go Meredith is unsettled by the story it s too real And then there are the dreams that begin about a girl named Meritre, who is a sixteen year old temple singer in the Egypt of four thousand years ago It s all very strange andandthere seems to be a reason for this strangeness I liked the characters They were a little precocious for their ages ages can and should be taken two different ways here Meritre was a bit too sanguine about all of the things which were completely alien to her, which would be just about everything , but that s part and parcel of the reading experience I mostly liked the idea, which I won t go into here spoilers , though it stretched willing suspension of disbelief for both me and the characters with the fact that the latter had a hard time with it making it easier for me Meredith, though sullen for much of her part of the story, had good reason, and was likeable anyway quite an accomplishment Second tier characters were lovely I liked all three girls circles of family and friends Were it not for the ending, I think I would have loved this to pieces when I was sixteen There were a few things that bothered me I admit, I smirked a bit over the fact that Meredith s horse is a Lipizzaner, given that Ms Tarr devotes the non writing bulk of her life to her Dancing Horse Farm, and that it took a little jiggering to explain how a sixteen year old Florida girl owns a Lipizzan mare But it is explained, and write what you know can often equate to write what you love , and Ms Tarr s love of the breed cancels out my qualms Meredith s writing voice was no different from that of the rest of the book, which considering Judith Tarr s skill means she s a pretty remarkable writer for sixteen I wouldn t have wanted it to be worse I wouldn t want to be forced to read fake juvenile writing, but if that s how the girl writes she should have a multi book contract by now Given that very little throughout the rest of the book is made of Meredith as a writer she doesn t really have time or inclination for writing after this one burst , another means of introducing Meru might have been smoother Meritre reacts with bafflement when she first sees a horse Now, I know Ms Tarr knows her Egypt, so I m not questioning her decision here to have the girl not know what a horse was well, maybe a little I ve seen the pictures of wall paintings horse drawn chariots there were horses in Egypt, introduced during the early Second Intermediate Period 1700 to 1550 B.C I found it a little hard to swallow that Meritre never heard of them Again, Meritre was cool with the concepts Meredith and Meru were exposing her to including the archaeological dig that was opening up the tomb which in Meritre s time was just being sealed She didn t like that but she accepted it And I didn t buy her acceptance of it it violates every precept of her religion The future world of Meru lacked depth for me It was, I think, to some extent down to the fact that ancient Egypt is relatively familiar, almost as much so to Northeastern me as present day Florida is and the Florida ness of the present day setting was not overly stressed , and so shorthand went a long way in placing Meredith and Meru in their backgrounds Meru, though, lives in an unimaginable future, and I floundered with where on Earth she was literally and how far she had to travel and in terms of alien presence are we talking Starfleet or Mos Eisley Cantina or Serenity, or what What there was was intriguing there just didn t seem to be enough The aspects of the three worlds, past and present and future, were in a way both too closely parallel and not closely enough They re all about the same age though that means something drastically different in ancient Egypt from what it means in modern Florida Don t know what it means in the far future view spoiler All three girls have mothers in peril one dies early, one will probably be fine, and one dies at the end All three have fathers who are absentee, or all but one works a lot and is ill, one is divorced and elsewhere, and I honestly don t remember a thing about the third Love is blooming for two, but not the third all three have aspirations and vocations at least, Meredith wants to write and spend a lot of time with her horse hide spoiler I think I would have been slightly happier if there had beenresonance among the three girls than the name similarity but too much would have been irritating Ah well That ending view spoiler Meredith discovers that her mother sent her off to Egypt knowing that she was about to go into hospice, that the cancer was back with a vengeance and she did not have muchtime By the time Meredith finds out she can only arrive home in time to just barely watch her mother die My mom is eighty five years old, and I don t need this crap I would have hated it like poison when I was sixteen, and I hate itnow hide spoiler That s on me, and not the book it was the right way to end this story, and it tied it up without tamping all the edges down overly neatly but I hated it.These are, really, quibbles The writing always reliable, in the word s best possible meaning carried the book through whatever difficulties I had with the details The idea was fascinating, if outr it pushed the envelope without busting through Am I glad I won this book Absolutely Am I glad I read it Yes Will I read it again No Do I still love Judith Tarr Oh yes There s a book I read when I was about 10, in 6th grade, probably, or possibly 5th Anyway I don t remember the title or author, but the gist of the story was about girl who perhaps became ill and traveled back to ancient Egypt and lived there for a time At the end of the story there s some question about whether it really happened or was a fever dream I loved the book intensely I m going to have to make the internet tell me what it was.Judith Tarr s LIVING IN THREES hit me right in the swe There s a book I read when I was about 10, in 6th grade, probably, or possibly 5th Anyway I don t remember the title or author, but the gist of the story was about girl who perhaps became ill and traveled back to ancient Egypt and lived there for a time At the end of the story there s some question about whether it really happened or was a fever dream I loved the book intensely I m going to have to make the internet tell me what it was.Judith Tarr s LIVING IN THREES hit me right in the sweet spot that old book created in me I knew it would be good, because I ve never read anything of Judy s that wasn t, but I had a vivid, visceral connection with the story, a feeling of discovery as fresh and intense as if I was a kid again, reading something new and bright and exciting to me It s a story about three young women spread out over 8000 years of time whose commonalities bring them together to solve a dangerous mystery that s evolved over the millennia I loved the realisation of Maru s future world particularly, and the warmth of Meritre s past, and Meredith s voice felt so honest and real for a modern kid that she just broke my heart It s beautifully structured, with a particular sort of tragedy binding all three girls together and creating an emotional resonance that weaves throughout each storyline and character It s just gorgeously done.LIVING IN THREES was Judy s first Kickstarted project It makes me absolutely crazy that traditional publishing houses couldn t figure out how to market it, because I would have eaten it up as a YA reader, but the flip side is that holy crap am I glad that traditional publishing isn t the only route available now, because it would have been criminal to not get this story out into the world Seriously, I cannot imagine that you do not want to read this book You can buy it at the link above, wich goes to Book View Cafe and which has epub, mobi and PDF versions of the book My quest to readself published books is mostly demonstrating to me that there is often no difference in quality between them and traditionally published books In fact, in certain genres, it is much easier to findambitious or unusual books, of equal literary quality, in self publishing.I am tempted to say that this middle grade book isambitious than most, but recently middle grade seems to be gettingambitious, while YA, overall, is getting less so.It s divided into three My quest to readself published books is mostly demonstrating to me that there is often no difference in quality between them and traditionally published books In fact, in certain genres, it is much easier to findambitious or unusual books, of equal literary quality, in self publishing.I am tempted to say that this middle grade book isambitious than most, but recently middle grade seems to be gettingambitious, while YA, overall, is getting less so.It s divided into three timelines, which bleed into each other from fairly early on In modern times, American Meredith is sent away from her beloved pregnant Lipizzan horse and her mother, who is recovering from cancer, to accompany her archaelogist aunt on a dig in Egypt In ancient Egypt, Meritre, a singer in the temple of Amon, worries about her pregnant mother and the pharoah s daughter, who is sick with a mysterious plague And in a cyberpunk future that has cured most diseases, Meru pursues her missing mother into a secret quarantine zone.This novel reminded me of a childhood favorite, Mary Stolz s Cat in the Mirror, which also contrasted dual timelines, of the same soul reincarnated in ancient Egypt and modern New York Tarr s book iscomplex and ambitious The three timelines are not merely compared and contrasted and paralleled, but directly affect each other The book starts a little slow, probably due to having to set up three plot lines rather than one, but becomes quite a page turner by about the one third mark The themes are grief, times changing and times staying the same, the inevitability of death, and the equal inevitability of life going on reincarnation, and birth, and life itself Satisfying and complex I especially liked the pets of the three girls a horse, a cat, and a half insubstantial alien creature.Note The author is a friend, so I m probably not that objective I supported Judith Tarr s Kickstarter project to fund this book and have looked forward to reading it for months I can see why this book wasn t marketable by agents and needed to be self published not that that it s criticism of the book s quality or story, but the fact that it s completely cross genre It s simultaneously a contemporary YA novel, historical fiction, and far future science fiction I was quite curious as to how those varied settings would weave together, and was very, very, pl I supported Judith Tarr s Kickstarter project to fund this book and have looked forward to reading it for months I can see why this book wasn t marketable by agents and needed to be self published not that that it s criticism of the book s quality or story, but the fact that it s completely cross genre It s simultaneously a contemporary YA novel, historical fiction, and far future science fiction I was quite curious as to how those varied settings would weave together, and was very, very, pleased with the result.In short, this is a book I would have read to death when I was 12 years old and transitioning from my horse obsession to adult historical fiction and fantasy This book has EVERYTHING I wanted at that age and could never find in one book.Tarr is masterful in her writing She knows her horses She knows archaeology the real, tedious thing, not the glorified silliness of Indiana Jones though that s enjoyable in its own way I loved how she wrote about ancient Egypt in particular It s so rare to see that used as a backdrop, and again, Tarr made it feel real, not some utopia I could smell the dust of the place.I can t help but smile when I think of this book My inner 12 year old is pleased at last Meritre is a Temple Singer in the Temple of Amon, four thousand years ago The recent plague that has killed so many is finally ending, but it s going to take one last victim before it s over.Meredith is a teenager in our day, planning a summer of riding with her friends and caring for her recently bred mare, when her mother announces that as her sixteenth birthday present, she s going to Egypt to take part in a dig with her archaeologist aunt.Meru, four thousand years in the future, has, along Meritre is a Temple Singer in the Temple of Amon, four thousand years ago The recent plague that has killed so many is finally ending, but it s going to take one last victim before it s over.Meredith is a teenager in our day, planning a summer of riding with her friends and caring for her recently bred mare, when her mother announces that as her sixteenth birthday present, she s going to Egypt to take part in a dig with her archaeologist aunt.Meru, four thousand years in the future, has, along with her friend Yoshi, qualified for starpilot training Unfortunately, Meru s mother, who has been chasing down the source of a mysterious plague hitting many planets, has secretly returned home and died, leaving a package keyed so that only Meru can open it.These three young women are connected, in some sense the same person, and a little scarab pendant enables them, unexpectedly, to communicate with each other Each of them is confronting larger forces than they know, and the connection between them is key to finding the solution.The girls each live in very different worlds, despite all those worlds being our own Earth It s not just the technology levels that are different they all live in very different family structures, and different expectations for their behavior and future lives Yet they are also very closely connected, and find the connection helps them deal with their individual problems as well as their shared problems.All three young women, and their friends, are wonderfully portrayed, clear, and complex, and likable All three worlds feel believable and lived in The narrator does a great job, and has an excellent voice for these characters.Highly recommended.I bought this audiobook I loved it LIVING IN THREES is one of those teen books that are good for adults as well All three teenaged girls are endearing and authentic courageous, intelligent and loving Mind you, they might not be so endearing sometimes if the reader was a family member, but since we are seeing them from the inside and understanding what makes them sulky or ungovernable on occasion, they remain lovable.Mt favorite youth read of 2016. Tarr has done an amazing job of interweaving the stories of three young women who may be incarnations of the same soul One lives in ancient Egypt, one in our time, and one in the far future For a short book, these three mileux are amazingly well presented and solid seeming The characters are engaging, and the plot fast moving with some serious moments as the young women face grief and mourning, both together and apart. Judith Tarr s novel, Living in Threes, is a complex interweaving of three stories, in three times, each story focused on a young woman on the verge of adulthood, navigating the journey of her own growing independence while negotiating changes in her relationships with family, and facing the ultimate challenges of becoming an adult, the parameters of life and loss, birth and death In the present, Meredith wants nothingthan to spend the summer before her 16th birthday hanging out with frien Judith Tarr s novel, Living in Threes, is a complex interweaving of three stories, in three times, each story focused on a young woman on the verge of adulthood, navigating the journey of her own growing independence while negotiating changes in her relationships with family, and facing the ultimate challenges of becoming an adult, the parameters of life and loss, birth and death In the present, Meredith wants nothingthan to spend the summer before her 16th birthday hanging out with friends, riding and taking care of the horses that she loves especially Bonnie, her Lippizaner, who is pregnant doing all the things she s been planning on But her mother has a an unwelcome surprise everything has been arranged for her to spend the summer away from home, friends, and her overworked mother a cancer survivor in Egypt, working on a dig with her aunt Jessie, an archaeologist Meredith has strange dreams Some of them are about Meru, a young girl living in the future, soon to become a space pilot, who receives a strange call for help from her mother, supposedly on a mission far from Earth But when she tracks the message to the source, what she finds is worse than anything she could have imagined plague, quarantine, and death Others are about Meritre, a young Egyptian girl, a singer in a temple chorus The land is recovering from plague, in which Meritre s baby sister died Meritre s mother, also a singer, is pregnant again, but her health may not be strong enough to carry the baby safely And while the plague is mostly over, still, her father, a sculptor, is ill with something that worries Meritre One thing draws them together a blue scarab bead Meritre buys it in a marketplace, Meredith finds it in a tomb, Meru is given it by her mother as a clue And when each one has the scarab in her own time, the three discover that they have one soul, and that sharing their knowledge and experience can can help all of them face the challenges before them It s a beautiful story about three young women, growing up and finding courage to do the impossible The only problem was it was all too short An interesting take on interwoven universes, without most of the contradictions She has a historian s grasp of the ancient past, a reasonable idea of the distant future, and NAILS so much of the present Plus enough secondary issues to keep the entire work from being a tale of dread until the last few pages.A great all around balance, like all our lives, it should remind us that we re all expected to include humor, silliness, and the mundane along with The only problem was it was all too short An interesting take on interwoven universes, without most of the contradictions She has a historian s grasp of the ancient past, a reasonable idea of the distant future, and NAILS so much of the present Plus enough secondary issues to keep the entire work from being a tale of dread until the last few pages.A great all around balance, like all our lives, it should remind us that we re all expected to include humor, silliness, and the mundane along with existential angst