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The arrival of new neighbors threatens to bring irreparable change to the steady life of eleven-year-old Siobhan, a loner who spends all her time with her dog ...
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The arrival of new neighbors threatens to bring irreparable change to the steady life of eleven-year-old Siobhan, a loner who spends all her time with her dog Tree and a religious activist who rehabilitates hurt wild animals.
In spare conversations and observations, Farish artfully captures the changeable weather of Siobhan's emotional landscape: denial and acceptance, anger and resignation, joy and despair, in shifting combinations. Subplots—including Siobhan's and Lester's efforts to find out what a condom is, and their encounters with Olivia, a barefoot children's librarian always in the midst of a crafts program—lighten the mood, as do the Hannahs' closeness and appealingly quirky family rituals. In the end, Siobhan does what needs to be done—with Lester, with Maddy, and, sadly, with Tree. As was true of Farish's Why I'm Already Blue (1989), readers sensitive to nuance will find this replete with small surprises and grace notes.