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Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson
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Jun 16, 10

bookshelves: collection, fiction, fantasy
Read in June, 2010

This is a collection of short stories, each seemingly in a mundane setting, but with an added twist. For example, my favorite, Grand Stand-In, you have scenes of people talking, and occasionally complaining about their jobs. Sounds normal -- except their jobs are as a sort of "replacement" grandparent that families can hire. The main protagonist is quite comfortable with her job, comfortable with balancing several of her families and distancing herself emotionally. But then she is given an assignment that sorely tests her ability to remain detached: a family whose grandmother is still alive wants to hire her. The story made me thing of "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. All the stories are good, for high school and up. The stories are quick, but thought-provoking. I like the Q&A with the author, and informational tidbits on the stories included at the end.
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