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The Anatomy of Wingsby Karen Foxlee
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Ten-year-old Jennifer Day lives in a small mining town full of secrets. Trying to make sense of the sudden death of her teenage sister, Beth, she looks to the adult world around her for answers.
As she recounts the final months of Beths life, Jennifer sifts through the lies and the truth, but what she finds are mysteries, miracles, and more questions. Was Beths death an accident? Why couldnt Jennifer—or anyone else—save her?
Through Jennifers eyes, we see one girls failure to cross the threshold into adulthood as her family slowly falls apart.
"Set in the author's native Australia in the early 1980s, this sensitive debut novel weaves and bobs between two time frames as the narrator, Jennifer, tries to understand the death of her older sister, 14-year-old Beth, who fell from a water tower. In the prevailing view, Beth was wild: she had sex with strangers and fell asleep, drunk, in neighbors' yards. But the girls' grandmother believes that Beth once saw an angel and had a bit of grace in her ever since, and that her acts were her attempts to save people. Jennifer sees evidence of both, remembering that 'the more [Beth] glowed, the wilder she got.' Trying to understand Beth's decline and to cope with her own grief, which has deprived her of her singing voice, Jennifer searches for clues in a box of Beth's belongings. Tangents may confuse; at times, the litany of small details and anecdotes burden the plot. But the metaphors embedded in the story and the luscious prose ( a teacher's eyes are 'a flat gray-green and impenetrable as a crocodile's') will hold readers until the moving conclusion. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this riveting and affecting debut, a first-time novelist perfectly captures the essence of growing up in a small town and the complexities and absurdities of family life as a 10-year-old girl recounts the final months of her teenage sister's life.
About the Author
First-time novelist Karen Foxlee perfectly captures the essence of growing up in a small town and the complexities and absurdities of family life.
Karen Foxlee lives in Gympie, Australia. The Anatomy of Wings is her first novel.
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