[a Novel]

Large Print - 2013
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Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father does secret war work in Oak Ridge. Helen lost her mother at three, and the beloved grandmother who raised her just died. Fiercely imaginative, she is desperate to keep her house's ghosts and stories intact. Flora, her mother's first cousin, is determined to do her best for Helen. Their relationship and its fallout will haunt Helen for the rest of her life.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2013
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410460479
Branch Call Number: LPF GOD NVD
Characteristics: 399 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Sep 23, 2015

A lovely "unfolding" story(except an abrupt ending). I will definitely read more from Gail Godwin.

Jul 02, 2015

This is a very good book. From the perspective of a woman looking back to a summer she spent as a ten year old cared for by her cousin, the voice of the child is authentic. The book is filled with orphans and foreboding (the absent father is working on the secret Manhattan Project as a carpenter) and is about jealously, remorse, and the perspective of a child unable to see the consequences of her thoughts and actions.

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