just finished it while Sara had her tennis lesson...and loved it. Wanted to share a few thoughts on the book while they were fresh.
First - it's by Haven Kimmel - she also wrote A Girl Named Zippy, which we read in bookclub in the fall of 2002. And we loved it. Kind of quirky, but real enough that we could relate.
So when I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it. And Katie gave it to me for Christmas.
I was hooked from the prologue:
...they looked like two little clouds, darkened before the coming storm...
Little girls is all they were.
Definitely promised something good.
And it did, but it took me a while to get it. Along the way, I marked a few cultural references that I need to explore. Honestly, I mostly don't like it when I don't get the reference, but with this book, there were so many, I finally gave into it and started marking everything I didn't get. I had a long list:
looking forward to the research and hopefully finding some new things to love.
There was also a lot of beauty in the ideas and words. A few of my favorites:
Three times tonight I've heard, out of the blue, a little piece of Brahms's lullaby over the intercom. What does that mean? Is it a code of some kind? ... Sort of. We play it every time a baby is born. New moon. Busy night. (aaawwww....loved this!)
She tried to imagine the world, even just one square mile of it, from the point of view of God - the appearances and vanishings, the abandoned objects, doors left open in haste - how it must look over centuries...
...we're bound to lose our parents - we may even lose our children - but we should get to keep our siblings to the end, and they got to keep each other. (siblings are a big part of the story - losing them, loving them, and how they shape the people we become... I hadn't thought about those relationships as much in my adult life, but I need to!)
...bottom line - highly recommended... and if you're like me, bear through the first 100 pages. It gets so good it's hard to put down!