Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen

waking kate

  • Title:  Waking Kate
  • Author:  Sarah Addison Allen
  • Genre:  Contemporary Fiction; Short Story
  • Published:  December 2013 – St. Martin’s Press
  • Source:  Free download

Synopsis:  From the beloved author of Garden Spells, comes Waking Kate, a story about a woman who soon will face an unforseen change in her life. One sticky summer day as Kate is waiting for her husband to come home from his bicycle shop, she spots her distinguished neighbor returning from his last day of work after eighty-six years at Atlanta’s oldest men’s clothing store. Over a cup of butter coffee, he tells Kate a story of love and heartbreak that makes her remember her past, question her present, and wonder what the future will bring.

My take:  This short story from Sarah Addison Allen (one of my favorite authors) serves to whet the appetite for her forthcoming novel Lost Lake. And that it did! There is something about her writing that mesmerizes me. Her descriptions of setting and characters draw me in completely. I can’t wait to find out what happens next to Kate and her daughter in Lost Lake. I won’t have to wait long because it publishes in a few weeks. 

12 thoughts on “Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen

    • The first one I read was Garden Spells. It remains one of my favorites. Waking Sarah is a short prequel to her newest book Lost Lake (due to publish in a couple of weeks). If you like magical realism I think you should read the synopses of all her novels and read whatever appeals 🙂


  1. I’ve never read this author but I’m terribly excited because she’s coming here for a lunch event. I just checked and the story is still free so I’m grabbing it. Thanks for the review!


  2. I haven’t read this author yet either. I keep hearing great things about Garden Spells and have that on my to-read list. This short story is still available for free on Kindle so I grabbed a copy.


  3. I love her but I have to admit that I am not a fan of so many other writing short story prequels to their books. I want the book to be a full book in its entirety. With that griping done I can say that I am so excited her next book is out 🙂


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