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In Milwaukee, Isabelle Day had a house. And she had a father. This year, on Halloween, she has half of a house in Minneapolis, a mother at least as sad as she is, and a loss that’s too hard to thinklet alone talkabout. It’s the Midwest in the early 1960s, and dads just don’t die . . . like that.
Hovering over Isabelle’s new world are the duplex’s too-attentive landladies, Miss Flora (“a lovely dried flower”) and her sister Miss Dora (“grim as roadkill”), who dwell in a sea of memories and doilies; the gleefully demonic Sister Mary Mercy, who rules a school awash in cigarette smoke; and classmates steady Margaret and edgy Grace, who hold out some hope of friendship. As Isabelle’s first tentative steps carry her through unfamiliar territoryclassroom debacles and misadventures at home and beyond, time trapped in a storm-tossed cemetery and investigating an inhospitable hospitalshe begins to discover that, when it comes to pain and loss, she might actually be in good company.
In light of the elderly sisters’ lives, Grace and Margaret’s friendship, and her father’s memory, she just might find the heart and humor to save herself. With characteristic sensitivity and wit, Jane St. Anthony reveals how a girl’s life clouded with grief can also hold a world of promise.
|Publisher:||University of Minnesota Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Jane St. Anthony is the author of The Summer Sherman Loved Me and Grace Above All. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Table of Contents
1. Unhappy Halloween2. Don’t Mess with the Spirits3. Landlady Alert4. Walking to Bedlam5. Beneath the Silver Tray6. Sea of Doilies7. Breakfast Hostage8. Saved by Grace9. Bitter Rain10. Cemetery Delegation11. Rescue Mission12. Hospital Bound13. Breaking the Rules14. No Turning Back15. History of Loss16. Backbone Engaged17. A Little Less Sorrow18. “Clair de Lune”19. An Unwrappable Gift20. Speaking the Unspeakable21. Light Up22. Snow AngelsAcknowledgments