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Marie Zimmer has stories to tell but will not speak. Deaf since the age of nine and motherless since she was eleven, Marie is a mute witness to her family's turmoil, the only one bold enough to tell the tale of Flint and Cecile, her sister's dangerous children.

At sixteen, Flint has spent eight years of his life in juvenile detention. Half child, half full-grown criminal, he escapes from the Landers School for Boys and comes home to find the one person he loves and trusts, his little sister Cecile. Together they rob and terrorize a local doctor, steal their mother's car, then strike out alone on a desperate journey south to the Crow Indian Reservation, where their ancestors once lived.

Is Cecile Flint's hostage, or his accomplice? Nobody knows. Only Marie, the children's deaf aunt, understands the strange logic of their crimes, their desire and fear, their devotion to each other.

Fusing family myth with American history, SWEET HEARTS exposes a never-ending chain of wandering and abandonment, the disappearance of mothers, the drowning of people. It is a devastating story, one woman's silent struggle to unravel the web of violence that has trapped her family for generations. This passionate tale is also a celebration of life in the midst of sorrow. In the fierce light of her imagination, Marie Zimmer weaves the past through the present, inventing a language of signs subtle enough to illuminate the mysterious ways in which we are all connected.

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Set in the wild and beautiful plains and forests of Montana, "Sweet Hearts" recounts the searing story of a brother and sister haunted by their family's turmoil and half-forgotten Native American heritage. It is the story of 16-year-old Flint, who has already spent eight years in detention, and the one person he loves--his little sister, Cecile.

Table of Contents

C o n t e n t s 1. Ghost Brother · 1 2. Unburied Boy · 6 3. Small Crimes · 10 4. The Deaf Girl: Notes for a Play · 17 5. In Uncertain Light · 19 6. The Disappeared · 23 7. Cowbirds · 29 8. Dixie and the Crows · 32 9. The Long Way Home · 35 10. Childrens Games · 38 11. Snow · 39 12. Ghost Girl · 42 13. The Hunchback · 43 14. Dreams, Death, Desire · 46 15. Birdsongs · 56 16. Instructions for Extinction · 58 17. Blind Fish · 60 18. The Lake · 62 19. On Drowning · 72 20. Catechism · 73 21. Testimony · 81 22. Mother: Final Instructions · 85 23. The Rainbow · 87 24. In Another Lifetime · 90 25. Mysteries · 110 26. The Coyote and the Crow · 111 27. A Wounded Cow · 115 28. Little Woman · 118 29. Other Mysteries · 120 30. In the Photograph · 122 31. With Hearts Like Awls · 123 32. Another Winter · 128 33. First Winter · 132 34. In Summer · 134 35. A Child of Two Fathers · 136 36. The Stowaway and the Lover · 143 37. The Evening News · 147 38. Home · 150 39. Lost Children · 155 40. Twilight · 158 41. Morning · 164 42. In Another Country · 170 43. Catechism · 176 44. Miracles · 178 45. Our Saviors · 180 46. Catching the Coyote · 190 47. Whose Child Is This? · 193 48. On Bleeding Out · 195 49. Catechism · 197 50. The Lives of Birds · 207 51. Catechism · 216 52. Snow in August · 217 53. The Birdman · 230

Product Details

ISBN:
9780395785898
Author:
Thon, Melanie Rae
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Montana
Subject:
Crow indians
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 29
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.57x5.79x.89 in. .93 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Set in the wild and beautiful plains and forests of Montana, "Sweet Hearts" recounts the searing story of a brother and sister haunted by their family's turmoil and half-forgotten Native American heritage. It is the story of 16-year-old Flint, who has already spent eight years in detention, and the one person he loves--his little sister, Cecile.
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