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Displacement by Thalia Chaltas
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Jul 19, 11

bookshelves: novel-in-verse, runaways, grief, sisters, desert, teen
Read in July, 2011

Vera is determined to make a new life for herself. After her sister's accidental drowning, she finds her mother absent from their lives, and her older sister tired of looking after her siblings. Vera finds herself in the small town of Garrett, a deserted mining town in the vicinity of Death Valley. The town is mostly abandoned, and Vera goes about making herself useful. She obtains work with a local potter at his kiln, as well as some bookkeeping for an Indian boy, Lon, who is a local art dealer. He also attracts Vera's attention as a potential love interest. Vera learns that small towns have no secrets. As she tries to escape the grief from her sister's death, she is haunted by her ghost, and reminded how far she is from home. Thalia Chaltas does a remarkable job of telling Vera's story of independence and grieving. This is Chaltas's second novel-in-verse, after her debut "Because I am Furniture" in 2009 chronicled the patterns of an abusive father. Quick, thoughtful, eloquent reads. And this cover is fantastic!

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