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Heat Lightning

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Set in a small town, Heat Lightning chronicles a summer in the life of two sisters who lost their parents in a boating accident as babies and have been raised by their aunt ever since. Told from the point of view of Mole, 11 years old, it traces the steady unraveling of the mythology that she and her 12-year-old sister have created to explain their parents' life and death. ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1997)
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The book is about two sisters who's parents died trying to save rescue boaters during a storm, who are now adopted by their aunt. Their aunt never told Mole and Tilly the whole and real story of what happened when their parents died, so now the kids are set to make up their story of what they thing happened to their parents at their death. Their aunt Hy moves and they end up living with a married couple that have four kids. They learn that the people they are living with are crazy and, the one ...more
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Kept me entertained all day while recuperating from the flu. I was always waiting uneasily for something bad to happen. Cohen did a good job of piercing preadolescence and adolescence in thought and deed. The girls, Mole and Tilly vacillated between maturity and lack of maturity as they ventured through a summer of questions and answers and growing up.
Beautiful writing but slowwwwww
This is Cohen's first novel -- I love her non-fiction and her other two two, later, novels, but this wasn't as engaging for me. Her prose is beautiful, and given to unusual metaphors and turns of phrase that shake the reader awake. The plot, however, isn't as compelling as her later two works.
Heidi Hehnly
The writing is really nicely done. The story of the main characters youth was beautiful and disturbing to follow. The reason why I gave it two stars is the story was slow at times and I wanted to know more about the parents and the relationship with the kids aunt.
This book was as sexy as the name. I read through this book more quickly than I wanted to. It's a really great read, but be ready for a cold shower afterwards!
Loved the characters and setting in this coming-of-age book.
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Leah Hager Cohen has written four non-fiction books, including Train Go Sorry and Glass, Paper, Beans, and four novels, including House Lights and The Grief of Others.

She serves as the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, and teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Tim
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