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Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
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Mar 26, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012-new-to-me-author-a-z-challenge, contemporary-fiction, humor, literary-ficton, magical-realism, ya, ya-quarterly-challenge-5, best-book-i-read-in-2012
Read from March 26 to 27, 2012

Seventeen year old Cullen Witter tells us about what happens in Lily, AR, a sleepy southern town where nothing happens, the summer when things do happen. A woodpecker that’s been extinct since 1940 has been spotted; news media and birdwatchers come from all over hoping to see it. And Cullen’s 15 year old brother Gabriel vanishes. Cullen feels like the town only cares about the woodpecker. Meanwhile, we are also told about a failed missionary in Africa, which doesn’t seem to connect to what’s happening in Lily, but does. (view spoiler) I really, really liked this novel, which is marketed as a YA novel, but could work very well for adults as well, a lot.

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