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Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
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Aug 23, 09

bookshelves: children, family-story, historical

While rambling through the woods one summer, Portia and Julian discover a colony of decaying summer houses by a swamp—a colony that is not quite deserted. They spend two halcyon summers (the second documented in 'Return to Gone-Away') exploring and enjoying the many delights of Gone-Away.

Enright’s prose is both simple and lyrical, and she surrounds the reader with a summer world filled with sensory detail. These are very gentle, episodic stories with nearly no conflict, but they are never boring. To read them is to spend a halcyon summer with the characters, and wish you could find your own Gone-Away.
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