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During one long, hot summer, five-year-old Pea and her little sister Margot play alone in the meadow behind their house, in a small village in Southern France. Her mother is too sad to take care of them: she left her happiness in the hospital, along with the baby. Pea's father has died in an accident, and Maman, burdened by her double grief, has retreated to a place where Pea cannot reach her. Then Pea meets Claude, a man who seems to love the meadow as she does. Pea believes that she and Margot have found a friend - maybe even a new papa. But why do the villagers view Claude with suspicion, and what secret is he keeping in his strange, empty house?
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Claire King was born in England, educated at Cambridge, and is the fiction editor for "The View from Here "magazine. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the BBC's Opening LInes program and the Bristol Short Story Prize. She lives in the south of France with her husband and two children. This is her first novel.Review:
"One of the most remarkable features of "The Night Rainbow" is the language, shaped entirely through Pea's perceptions. The children's powerful imagination and cleverness define the narrative...King's story of a young child's quest for a light in the profound darkness of her life reaches deep into the complexities of human consciousness." -- "ShelfAwareness""" "With a narrative voice reminiscent of young Jack from Emma Donoghue's Room, observing evreything but lacking the wisdom to truly understand the grown-up world, this surprising and enchanting first novel is enthusiastically recommended." -- "Library Journal""" "King accurately captures the speech rhythms and partial understanding of a small child. Well-written and sometimes quite moving." -- "Kirkus Reviews" "Poetic, engaging...King's authorial voice shines through Pea, as her skillful narrative is childishly authentic without being cloying or cutesy. Reminiscent of Myla Goldberg's "Bee Season" and Emma Donoghue's "Room" but decidedly lighter...Gorgeously written and deeply heartfelt." -- "Booklist"
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Book Description Charnwood Pub, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. lrg una edition. 300 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 1444816616