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The Distance Between Us by Bart Yates
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Oct 05, 08

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Read during the Great Blackout of Aught-Eight...

I loved this book from top to bottom! The protagonist--eccentric fallen musical genius Hester Parker--is richly drawn in a way that conjures a very particular image in my mind. I picture her in a very "Miss Havisham" way, but slightly more functional. Hester imparts her world-view on love and family upon her own personal "Pip"--a boarder named Alex. Alex in turn helps fulfill Hester's need for "family" and ultimately helps her to reconcile (the best she knows how) with her biological one.

As in all Bart Yates books, the house in which the majority of the action takes place is essentially a character of its own. It cloisters the lonely Hester in a select few rooms--her memories too painful to allow herself access to most of the mansion.

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