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Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin
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May 31, 2011

really liked it

I really like this author (my third book). He captures the essence of the characters and the landscape with beautiful descriptions. In this book he also emphasizes the colloquialism of the language of Georgia. (About a gossiper--"She's got enough tongue for ten rows of teeth") (and a rainstorm--I remember was a gully washer but here it's a" frog-strangling turd-floater")
This story is told by a small town reporter who was shuffled from one foster home to another and finally adopted by this Georgia farrier , Unc, and his wife. Now a small 8-10 y.o., boy who has been abused, shows up and needs to be identified. The boy does not speak, but sketches his thoughts. Unc is given temporary care of the child.
Underlining the story is the importance of family; the necessity of a father figure; the need to know your name i.e. self importance. Admittedly this is a tear-jerker at times but therefore a good warm story.

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