Gerald W. Haslam
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Grace Period Reviews

"Not only does Haslam address the intimate and often embarrassing issues associated with prostate cancer, but he offers a brave, honest, ethical, and sensitive protagonist who often struggles with issues relating to his Hispanic culture and upbringing....the novel's appeal grows in proportion to Marty's development as a complex character who learns how to experience life to its fullest." —Kellie Gillespie, Library Journal, August 2006

"Perhaps I am simply a sucker for stories of perseverance and desperate love, but aren’t we all? Haslam shows us that grace can indeed conquer the indignities and impoverishments of dying. By the book’s end, I was genuinely moved, and I suspect you will be, too.” —Adam Hill, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 September 2006

“[Haslam] loves literary places, and he has as sure-handed a grasp on California’s Great Central Valley as anyone writing, both what it was and what it is rapidly becoming. I’d say his closest counterpart is the legendary western sage Wallace Stegner.” —Jack Hicks, author of The Literature of California

“Haslam is a valuable writer; no, he is a dearly needed writer because he has brought to the reading public a part of California whose stories need to be told—the Central Valley.” —Gary Soto, author of Amnesia in a Republican County

“I don’t know what I love best about Gerald Haslam’s writing: the validation of his own turf, his marvelous sense of history and metaphor, or his zany and poignant characters.” —Julie Robertson, Western American Literature

"Haslam writes an unflinching story, rich in details about living with (and dying with) cancer. It's a book every cancer victim should read as a study on how to face death." —Sam Bauman, Nevada Appeal

"Many thanks to Gerald Haslam for a novel full of truths, centered around a relationship that touched me deeply." - Joan Price, Naked at Our Age

"A rich story of relationships lost and found, crises encountered, of death being faced with courage and awe." Nimble Spirit