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Bean (12) and her sister Liz (15) are left alone while their mother goes off to “find herself.” Afraid of the authorities, Bean and Liz take off to visit their Uncle Tinsley and end up learning many of the family’s secrets. Bean thrives, but things don’t go well for Liz. This is a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws. I found this one hard to put down.
Taking place during the Great Depression, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls features 15-year-old Thea, who has a mysterious role in a family tragedy and is banished to boarding school. Once there, she grapples with the social strata, and it doesn’t take long for her past to meet her future. This is a coming-of-age story where the main character makes questionable choices that will affect her whole future. A good summer read.
We've all seen the photo of the Migrant Mother, but this is the fictional account behind the photo. There are 3 characters that hold the story together--Mary the migrant mother, Vera Dare the photographer, and Walker Dodge who discovers a family mystery embedded in the photo. It begs the question: how much does a photo tell the truth, and how much do we read into it? I really liked this one!
This is not just a story about a woman who sleeps with one foot outside the blanket, in case she needs to run. This is also a look into circus family life that made me fall in love with the characters and want to run off with them. Terrifying and beautiful, this is one of those "go away, go away, I'm reading" books. I couldn't bear to put it down.
The is a story of unexpected friendship between two women more than 70 years apart. A tale of perseverance and hope. Beautifully written!