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The Night Rainbow by Claire  King
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, france, dysfunctional-family, pregnancy, mental-illness

The Night Rainbow is an excellent novel written from the perspective of a five-year-old, an odd character for adult literature but still a girl with a lot to say. She and her younger sister try in their own simplistic ways to understand why life isn't everything it should be. Their pregnant mother retreats into her "sadness" and becomes reclusive, still grieving the sudden loss of her husband and also her miscarried infant from prior times. Their father was taken by an untimely accident, leaving them to deal with their broken family on their own. When they meet Claude, everything suddenly seems to be looking up. Claude is a kind but sad man, and often the girls see him and his dog and finally feel like there's someone else in the world who cares about them - but the rest of the town begs to differ, sensing something falsely suspicious about Claude's behavior. This book can take some getting used to if you've never read writing from a child's point-of-view before, and at times it's a very sad story of neglect and mental illness, but all the same it's a wonderful book of coming to terms with life and death and trying to start over.
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Reading Progress

September 3, 2016 – Shelved
September 3, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
March 29, 2018 – Shelved as: fiction
March 29, 2018 – Shelved as: france
March 29, 2018 – Shelved as: dysfunctional-family
March 29, 2018 – Shelved as: pregnancy
March 29, 2018 – Shelved as: mental-illness
March 29, 2018 – Finished Reading

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