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Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
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Sep 19, 10

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With the help of a blond wig and the name "Solace," Holly runs away from her new foster family and hitchhikes her way from London to Wales in order to cross to Ireland and find the mother who abandoned her many years before. As usual, Siobhan Dowd nails it - both the cold and lonely feeling of being out in an often indifferent world with no money or power or place to sleep and the self-centered, infuriating, yet totally alive character of Holly, whose sassy, devil-may-care veneer hides a very vulnerable heart. Thank goodness she lucks out with her foster parents, whose stubbornness and strength of will match her own.
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