Salem, Oregon Statesman Journal

July 3, 2005
About Homesick Creek

Diane Hammond lives in Los Angeles, but she is the recipient of an Oregon Arts Council grant.

She also knows Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. She certainly demonstrated that in her first novel, "Going to Bend." In her new novel, Hammond returns to Oregon's small town called Hubbard. Not the real Hubbard, located near Salem, but a fictional town on the coast.

There, we meet two troubled families trapped by location and circumstance.

"Homesick Creek" is a chronicle of how people endure and care for each other and a study of a town and its people in decay.

It is compassionate and understanding, realistic and compelling. Hammond has a true talent for creating character and circumstance.

This book is romance and story, realism and escapism.

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