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Something Rising by Haven Kimmel
Cassie Claiborne, the protagonist of Something Rising, is the daughter of a New Orleans woman who chased a pool shark all the way to Indiana, and then stayed there while he abandoned the family. Cassie has inherited his skill with a cue and finds pool halls to be an escape for the troubled lives around her. Her world is populated by uncaring parents and friends who have no aim in life. As she matures, her mother's death brings an opportunity to go to New Orleans, and try to find the man who her mother should have married. Haven Kimmel's second novel has received glowing reviews with USA Today commenting about Something Rising, "It's a novel heavy with irony but leavened by lovely, surprising writing."