Betwixt and Between [NOOK Book]

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A literary retelling of Peter Pan, Betwixt tells the story of Preston, a ten year old boy who is poisoned and wakes up in Neverland; his mother Claire in the real world as she deals with Preston's death; and a family in Victorian London--whose neighbor is Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie--hoping that their daughter will wake from a coma.
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Overview

A literary retelling of Peter Pan, Betwixt tells the story of Preston, a ten year old boy who is poisoned and wakes up in Neverland; his mother Claire in the real world as she deals with Preston's death; and a family in Victorian London--whose neighbor is Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie--hoping that their daughter will wake from a coma.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
In an impressive debut, Stilling deconstructs the body of lore surrounding Peter Pan, reimagining Neverland as an in-between place where boys who die too soon wait until their loved ones are ready to heal and move on, with Peter as their immortal leader and ferryman to the After. Ten-year-old Preston Tumber eats a poisoned cookie and wakes up in Neverland. While his grief-stricken parents attempt to find closure in the real world, the man accused of murdering Preston is quickly sent to prison. When Preston’s best friend is likewise poisoned, the boys realize their killer is still at large, and Preston vows to find a way to cross the boundaries and save their last living friend. Meanwhile, flashbacks unravel the true history behind Peter’s relationship with Winifred, aka Wendy Darling. Stilling’s take on this familiar tale is provocative and poignant, rich with emotion and powerfully described, laced with profound contemplations about dying too soon and growing up too quickly. (Dec.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
Peter Pan revisited. Stilling reimagines the world of the children's classic, and all of the familiar characters and places are here, including the Darlings, the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, pirates, cowboys, Indians, Neverland and early Edwardian London. Stilling even introduces J.M. Barrie as a character. But this is revisionist Pan, for the novel begins in the modern world with the murder of a child in Massachusetts. One afternoon, Preston Tumber visits Gregory Hawthorne, a strange neighbor, and is offered a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Out of politeness, he reluctantly accepts the gift, but on the way home, he experiences a seizure and dies. He wakes up in the here and now of Neverland and becomes one of the Lost Boys. Meanwhile, his parents are grieving, yet they find their grief somewhat mitigated with the arrest of Hawthorne, who protests his innocence. A few weeks after his arrest--and before he's brought to trial--he's killed in prison. Shortly after this, a new Lost Boy arrives in Neverland, Peyton, who is Preston's best friend. It seems as though he, too, was murdered, and obviously not by Hawthorne, who died several weeks prior to Peyton's death. Meanwhile, in turn-of-the-century London, young Winifred Darling has a serious fall and faces a difficult recovery. In her delirium, she seems to have visited Neverland and to have met young Peter. Back in 21st-century Massachusetts, a game's afoot, as there's obviously a murderer of children on the loose. A revisionist reconstruction that never quite works due to the jarring disjunction between fantasy and reality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935439875
  • Publisher: Ig Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/4/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 13,946
  • File size: 447 KB

Meet the Author

Jessica Stilling has an MFA in Creative Writing from City College, where she currently teaches writing and writing. Her work has been published in numerous print and online journals.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    This book is amazing. It tells such a compelling story. The char

    This book is amazing. It tells such a compelling story. The characters are amazing, the plot is engaging, everything is so well described without being tedious, and though it is a fun read, it has ideas. Ideas about loss and what it means to love not only a child, but another human being. It's has so much to say about what it means to raise a child and watch that child grow up, how that can be the most amazing but also the most agonizing thing a mother can go through.This book made me feel so much. I am grateful for it.   

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2014

    This book is a gem. I am a Peter Pan devotee, and have been sin

    This book is a gem. I am a Peter Pan devotee, and have been since I was a child. I have read the J.M.Barrie books, and grew up loving the Mary Martin version of the play "Peter Pan." But this book is beautiful. It gives such a wonderful view of the care a child is given after death. As a Christian, I believe in life after death, and that after death we are welcomed into our Heavenly Father's arms. Although this book is fiction, it gives a wonderful look at what might happen to those precious children taken before their time. It deals with dealing with grief, and love, and going on after the loss of a child. Whether you are a Peter Pan fan or not, this is a beautiful book. You will find laughs, and tears, throughout the book. And a great big "Awwww" at the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Weird murder/retelling of Peter Pan

    In about the oddest mystery combo yet and they have been getting very far out paranormal scifi spiritual or just cant think up original characters or plots.? confusing mishmash. M.A.@Sparta

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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