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The Canning Season by Polly Horvath
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Jun 08, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: canadian

13-year-old Ratchet has a "thing" on her shoulder blade that mortifies her status-seeking mother. Even so, Ratchet is quite surprised when her mother dumps her with her 91-year-old twin aunts, sisters Tilly and PenPen Menuto. These are rather unique women… they loathe their local nickname of "the blueberry ladies"--it is much too sweet. They far prefer being called "those queer Menuto women," and they are perfectly happy for the world to stay far away from their remote house in the bear-infested woods of Maine. They have an eccentric lifestyle, but Ratchet finds the pair soothing and, in comparison to her mother, caring. Soon another teen comes to disrupt the lives of the sisters: this time it is Harper, whose (very pregnant) aunt mistakes the sisters' house for the local orphanage. Outspoken and prickly, Harper becomes a fourth member of this very odd family, which nevertheless starts to find happiness and peace together.
This is a great book about an unusual family from an author whose quirky style allows her to appeal to a very wide range of readers.
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