When Penny Leighton's father dies a huge hole is left in her heart, and it is a hole she has fallen into deeply. Feeling haunted by his memory and left out of the memorial by his widow, she becomes preoccupied with the need to know where his remains have been scattered. Penny's search lasts almost ten years, leading to a terrible discovery. Her errant step-mother has not scattered her father's ashes, as requested, but has placed them in the back of a wardrobe. Desperate and depressed, Penny breaks into her stepmother's new house in an attempt to steal the ashes and set her father's spirit free. Instead, she discovers how to set herself free—to forgive.
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When Wendy Beach offers an apparent twist-in-the-tale story - “Pelican Smile” opens with a woman scouring obituary notices - we can be pretty sure that something far subtler than that will ensue. Indeed, there is a twist in this story of a woman waiting for her mother-in-law to pass on, but the twist is based on a generous, moving, and satisfying irony. The story combines a simple and compelling narrative, told with admirable economy, with a real turn for the telling phrase, for instance the pelican “risen from the wet sand to carry away her father’s life force in its sagging bill.” A brief and rewarding story.
I am suprized i am the only person to read and like this book. I feel lonly with no friends. This is realy dissapointing.have you ever feel this way?