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Goldengrove by Francine Prose
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Jul 22, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended to Jeanne by: Booklist
Recommended for: readers who have lost a sibling; young adults
Read in October, 2008

Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?

For those of you familiar with the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, you know that this novel is not going to be a happy one. But please don’t let that stop you from reading Prose’s latest; it is certainly worth your time.

Thirteen-year-old Nico is devastated when her older sister, Margaret, drowns in the lake by their home. Margaret was her best friend; Margaret was her world.

Like many others in the same situation, Nico struggles with her grief. Her problems are compounded by her parents, who seem so absorbed by their own pain that they cannot help Nico with her grief. Who does Nico turn to in her time of need? Aaron, Margaret’s boyfriend. And then the trouble really begins. . .

This is a quiet and brief story of one young woman’s struggle to deal with loss. Her pain is real, and the situations are real. Additionally, the writing is beautiful.

Highly recommended.
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