Review: The Well by Colleen Golden

Posted: October 19, 2015 in New Adult, Reviews
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the well





Author:  Colleen Golden

Paperback, 214 pages

Published in 2014 by Outskirts Press

Genres:  New Adult, Fiction

Synopsis: Grace is dying. Everybody says so. Or is she? She finds herself at a sparkling portal of neon lights in the midst of her mental blizzard. She is seventy-six going on twenty-six, a comatose farm woman in a nursing home who is about to embark on the adventure of her life as a “transcendental traveler.” Following her mother’s voice singing an old hymn, Grace passes through the portal into a place both familiar and unknown. A place where she can devise and fashion a world of her choosing, call up whomever she wants to see, and even merge her own thoughts with those of others. A place she has known all her life, and where she has only just arrived: her beloved kitchen. Oh, it all looks familiar enough. But instead of her homestead, with the livestock pens, the beehives, her personal garden, the barn, the creek and the fields, the kitchen is surrounded by a place where she becomes younger, not older; more vital, not weaker. She names this place Possibilities. Her family wants to believe she will regain consciousness, and she does her best to communicate with them by means of an “evil” well, which offers no reflection from the water’s surface. But although she can hear their voices from the well, they can’t hear hers. In fact, anything that goes into the well from Grace’s side just disappears without a trace. Her attempts to advise, to help, or even just to converse with anyone are futile. So despite her newfound freedom and abilities in Possibilities, what Grace wants most badly remains impossible. The well seems to mock and taunt her, as her family’s voices ring achingly near, but maddeningly distant. She is drawn to it, and repulsed by it, all at the same time. She makes the best of things by expanding her new horizons and setting out on new adventures. But even the best of fun times has a downside. Grace is very lonesome for her “kinfolk” and her friends. And they are very lonesome for her. The Grace they see is wasting away in a nursing home bed.

My Review:  Let me start off by saying that I LOVE this book.  I wasn’t sure at first how it would go.  Would it be a depressing book about an old woman dying and her loved ones struggling to let her go?  No, not at all.  Ms. Golden has written a beautiful account of “what if”.  What happens to our minds when we are in a coma?  What happens when we die?

Grace is in a coma for a few years and during that time is very busy conjuring up a whole new world for herself.  One in which she is a young woman again.  She creates people that she can “inhabit” and have their experiences, ones that she has never had before.  In the backyard is a well where she can hear her present day relatives struggling with her condition, and she is desperate to help.

Unable to wake up and unsure of how to move on, Grace eventually is able to enter the thoughts of those people that need her the most.  In this capacity she can act more like a guardian angel.  Eventually, Grace must make a choice, and the result may surprise you.

Well written, with likeable characters this is a book that I will recommend to all of my friends and basically anyone who will listen!  There are many characters introduced here which normally makes it hard for me to follow, but in this case only added to the richness of the story.

You should go check it out.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

  1. Hello! Thank you for this lovely review. I am so happy you enjoyed the story, that was the whole point of writing it. To get us all thinking about the possibilities of life in other states of mind:). I very much appreciate your kind and eloquent words. – Colleen Golden (fiction name), aka Colleen Jiron (nonfiction name).

  2. You are welcome Colleen! I truly did love it. You are a great writer! Keep it up!

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