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It is summer, 1968. When Les was really little, they played the Star Spangled Banner in movie theaters; she could feel her chest ripple just like the flag on the screen. But it is summer, 1968--Martin Luther King Jr. shot in April and, in June, Bobby Kennedy. "What in the world is happening to this country?" everyone on TV cries, and Les wonders what she, a kid, a girl on ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Backstroke Books
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I know Karin through her poetry and there is certainly a lot of connection that I recognize in Nice. The story about the siblings and growing up during a special time is filled with both disturbing and sweet details. I think this leads me to think a lot about what happened afterward. How does Les and Arne cope with the secret(s) and what kind of grown up will they be. Somehow this makes me think about people I meet and what kind of past they have. What has formed them to what they are. I ...more
Karin Gustafson masters telling a story about children, siblings in a confusing and mean time. I was rooting for these kids, and their narrative has stuck with me. At times stomach-turning, alternately tender, always poignant and full of truth and heart. Highly recommended!
Karin Gustafson is a captivating story teller. She planted me in the middle of family dysfunction, dark secrets, and siblings and I wasn't sure where the story would ultimately take me. I laughed, I cried, got angry, kept reading. The difficult and delightful in this book had me visiting the ghosts of my own childhood. It's a hearty thumbs up for this read!