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Some Things That Stay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2008

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    At fifteen, Tamara Anderson hates being different. But thanks to her parents' free-thinking ways and vagabond spirit, totally contrary to the conventional 1950s American lifestyle, Tamara and her younger siblings Robert and Megan start over in a new school each year. In fact, moving every spring is about the only thing the trio CAN count on.<BR/>The year of 1954, however, things are different in a way that no one could ever have anticipated. Tamara's mother has become sluggish, no longer seeming to care about her former passions. At night, she coughs incessantly, as the family tries to pretend nothing is wrong.<BR/>Meanwhile, the family's acquaintance with their new neighbors, the Murphys, threatens them spiritually and emotionally. The Murphys, especially eldest daughter, Helen, are devout Baptists, intent on "saving" the atheist Andersons.<BR/>Yet despite her parent's vehement objections, Tamara finds that she's eager to embrace the concept of God. She wonders about his nature, why he would let her mother become ill - and whether God might just be the only thing left to save her family from total disaster.<BR/>This quietly-told story of a young girl's coming of age, their struggles to stay afloat both physically and emotionally when they're faced with the possible loss of their mother, and the idea of what really constitutes conventionality is bound to leave an impression upon readers' minds.

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