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A collection of short stories which focus on the difficult journeys teens take on their way to adulthood.
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Gr. 7-12. "It's one thing to look dangerous and poetic and lonely and on the edge, and quite another to actually live it." Romantic outsiders, smart, gorgeous, sensitive, are the protagonists in many of these stories. They fall in love, quarrel, and grope for connection and meaning. Their big scenes take place in the moonlight, a time of shadow and radiance. Some of the poetic types are overidealized--such as the wise, handsome Native American artist who talks in riddles--but the teenagers' problems are harsh, often related to the loss of a parent through illness, suicide, or desertion. As in Brooks' first collection, Paradise Caf‚ (1990), the narrative voices show a remarkable range of young men and women across class and setting, and some of the best pieces are about the unromantic loners, the poor and the marginal. In "The Kindness of Strangers," a teenage runaway finally finds the courage to call home, only to realize that they don't want him back. The title of the story "You've Always Been Such a Good Friend to Me" is both true and bitterly ironic. Three connected pieces continue Brooks' novel Two Moons in August (1991), climaxing in "A Wedding," when joy and grief are inextricably mingled. It's the honesty about conflicting emotions and viewpoints that gives this collection its power. Hazel RochmanFrom Publishers Weekly:
Springing from a profound understanding of sorrow and joy, this collection addresses such stately themes as love, anger, grief and hope. The protagonist of "Moonlight Sonata" must come to terms with his father's long-ago suicide, while in the poignant yet utterly radiant "The Ones with Wings," two sisters face the challenges of their meager existence with extraordinary courage. In the brief but complex "You've Always Been Such a Good Friend to Me," the narrator gradually reveals her betrayal of her beloved, admired cousin. Brooks's characters give the impression of having both a past and a future, a life that overflows the stories' boundaries. The final three stories do in fact chronicle the doings of characters created elsewhere, specifically, the young lovers of Brooks's novel Two Moons in August. At first glance, the straightforward writing seems to be a conduit of raw emotion, but closer inspection reveals the careful crafting of each sentence. Moving and memorable. Ages 12-up.
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Book Description Scholastic, 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0531068633
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