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Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work in Oak Ridge during the final months of World War II.At three Helen lost her mother and the beloved grandmother who raised her has just died. A fiercely imaginative child, Helen is desperate to keep her house intact with all its ghosts and stories. Flora, her late mother's twenty-two-year old first cousin, who cries at the drop of a hat, is ardently determined to do her best for Helen. Their relationship and its fallout, played against a backdrop of a lost America will haunt Helen for the rest of her life.In this, Gail Godwin's fourteenth novel, she evokes shades of The Turn of the Screw as she explores inequality of relationships between adults and children in a taut, subtle and moving tale of love, regret, and the things we can't undo.
Publisher: Detroit : Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition --.
ISBN: 9781410460479
Branch Call Number: Large Print GOD
Characteristics: 399 pages (large print). --.


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Sep 23, 2015

A lovely "unfolding" story(except an abrupt ending). I will definitely read more from Gail Godwin.

Jul 02, 2015

This is a very good book. From the perspective of a woman looking back to a summer she spent as a ten year old cared for by her cousin, the voice of the child is authentic. The book is filled with orphans and foreboding (the absent father is working on the secret Manhattan Project as a carpenter) and is about jealously, remorse, and the perspective of a child unable to see the consequences of her thoughts and actions.

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