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Goldengrove by Francine Prose
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Oct 10, 2008

really liked it

I liked this book more than I expected to based on having read Prose's nonfiction title "Reading Like a Writer." The narrator, Nico, is instantly recognizable as a girl in her early teens, just on the cusp of being an adolescent and not a child any longer. This book provides what feels like a very authentic window into profound grief, describing it in ways that seem to make sense even to someone who has not experienced such a loss as the sudden and untimely death of a sister. There is some fairly twisted stuff at the end, but the book never reaches past the point of believability. I also enjoyed how poetry, music and films are folded into the book in different, completely relevant ways. Made me want to read more of Prose's fiction.

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