Reviews– The Garden of Dead Dreams

The Garden of Dead Dreams By Abby Quillen Sidewalk Press: 2014 ISBN: 978-0-9899822-3-8 $13.95, 253 pp. Reviewed by Eduardo Rey Brummel In her novel’s opening lines, Abby Quillen tells us: Etta Lawrence wasn’t the only one who came to Roosevelt Lodge to become someone else. That’s why they’d all come. Forty-some years earlier, Vincent Buchanan […]

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Want Peas With That?

By Abby Quillen I’d spied the “9 Ways to Raise Healthy Eaters” and “7 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Veggies” headlines on the covers of parenting magazines. So I was delighted that my infant son Ezra gobbled up squash, spinach, beets, carrots, green beans and cauliflower. He devoured soupy, squishy vegetable combinations that […]

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Breaking the Shackles of Time

By Abby Quillen As many know, my dad died last summer, and I’ve been compiling an anthology of his work. By November 1, Deeper into the Heart of the Rockies will be available on amazon.com and at select bookstores. Occasionally, over the months of anthologizing, I’ve needed to access my dad’s email account to retrieve […]

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Coming soon: A New Ed Quillen Anthology

A daughter compiles a collection of her late father’s columns. Popular Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen died suddenly last June, leaving behind a lifetime of writing, including thousands of weekly columns. Abby Quillen, his daughter, is compiling his later columns into a sequel to his 1998 collection, Deep in the Heart of the Rockies. The […]

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Anthologizing

By Abby Quillen My four-year-old son Ezra takes a bite of his toast. “What happens when we die?” he asks after he swallows. I stare at my coffee. “I don’t know.” “Grandpa knows,” Ezra says. I nod. We’ve had this conversation quite a few times in the six months since my dad died. It’s like […]

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My Father is Joyful

By Abby Quillen My father named me Abigail, which means, “My father is joyful.” “You were supposed to arrive for your mom’s birthday,” he’d often tell me. “Instead you waited for mine.” I was born ten days before my dad turned 27. Growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, many of my friends had divorced […]

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Out of the Wild

by Abby Quillen I grew up in Central Colorado, and most weekends my family piled into a canary-yellow 1975 Chevy pickup and pitched down rutted-out, rock-strewn roads to hike, explore, or cross-country ski at places with names like Mosquito Pass, Missouri Gulch, and Cochetopa Creek. By the time my sister and I were 18, we’d […]

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Hell’s Belles, by Clark Secrest

Review by Abby Quillen Vice – June 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine Hell’s Belles: Prostitution, Vice, and Crime in Early Denver by Clark Secrest Revised edition published in 2002 by the University Press of Colorado. ISBN 0-87081-633-0

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