Requiem for Locusts

Parciak, Wendy

Published by Two Canoes Pr, 2008
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Well made book, stitched binding. The story of ordinary people who live extraordinary lives behind their own doors. Their struggle to cope with a newcomer to their Locust Street, mentally ill young woman, is a riveting story. Winner of the Montana Book Award. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: I am scattered into a million pieces. Little pieces of sand or glass. Sharp-edged knives or swords, like the ones daddy plays with. They won't let me but when I close my hands I cut myself anyway. Sharp-edged words and eyes, I try to hide from them but cannot.""

These are the words of Marzita Zaferatos, a mentally-ill young woman who wanders into the lives of her neighbors on Locust Street, whether they want her to or not. On the street live a frail spinster, a career-driven couple and their toddler, a neurologist with a constricting shyness of women, a teenager who wishes her life could be as interesting as her daydreams, and Marzita's father, a circus juggler. These residents are scarcely aware of each other's existence, guarding their private lives behind doors and fences. But Marzita doesn't understand that only superficial contact is customary in the close confines of a city. Sometimes unwillingly, her neighbors are caught up in her delusional, fairytale vision of life with princes and princesses, evil dukes, malevolent knives, circus stars and music, as her world spins out of control and the boundary between insanity and reality unravels.

This is the story of how people react when confronted by someone whose life is more out of control than their own. It is a story of love, misunderstanding, suspense and heartbreak. It is one that is familiar to us, as we wonder about our neighbors, experience the painfulness of self-doubt, or witness the confusion and fright of mental illness. It is the story of all who are forced to confront the chaos in their own lives.

From the Back Cover: "A powerful, riveting story, sensual in the language of landscape, Requiem For Locusts seduces you first with compassion for its alienated, eccentric characters and then transforms you with its message of love and tolerance. I laughed. I cried as the old maid school teacher, the shy neurologist, the teenager full of heroic dreams, the circus performers, the discordant parents of a toddler, and the loving father all face their own limitations in light of a mentally ill young woman who can see what they cannot. The echoes of this story will continue to haunt me for a long, long time. An astonishing feat of writing by first-time novelist, Wendy Parciak!"

Priscilla Cogan, award-winning author of Winona's Web, Compass of the Heart, Crack at Dusk: Crook of Dawn, Double Time, and The Unraveling Thread

"Requiem for Locusts draws the reader into the lives of ordinary people, who behind closed doors lead extraordinary lives. An absolutely riveting chain of events unfolds with a completely unexpected ending! Ultimately, we're reminded of the richness and poignancy in every life, regardless of outward appearances."

Beth Bruno, author of Wild Tulips

"Wendy Parciak's Requiem for Locusts portrays an exurban Main Street and its residents living every day private lives. When the Locust Street neighbors are confronted with the bizarre language and actions of the young newcomer Marzita, they share in a struggle to cope with her mysterious neurodevelopmental disorder. Understanding the girl's voice begins in the hearts of neighbors. Requiem for Locusts is a story of discovery and hope."

William D. Graf, MD, Child Neurologist

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Title: Requiem for Locusts
Publisher: Two Canoes Pr
Publication Date: 2008
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