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"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.)

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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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shelburns, April 6, 2009 (view all comments by shelburns)
I've been trying to write this review for 2 days. I can't seem to get this book out of my head, and that's not a bad thing. On the back of the ARC is this quote: "Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you've finished, just to stay near it. The Anatomy of Wings is one of those books." - Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief. That's the way I've felt, but I was unsure of how to convey that to you, the readers of this blog.

The Anatomy of Wings touches on so many subjects: death, loss, grief, sex, suicide, family, and social situations. Reading this book took me through a gamut of emotions. There were times when I just wanted to reach out to Jennifer, the main character and narrator, hug her and tell her everything was going to be okay. How do you deal with the tragic loss of a sibling? I can't even imagine it at my age, much less at the age of 10. Jennifer's family doesn't deal with it well at all, as a matter of fact, they more or less fall apart. Jennifer's mom won't get off the couch, dad drinks, Nanna's been ostracized for saying Beth was talking to angels, Danielle is just sad, and Jennifer just wants to find her singing voice and to know what really happened to her sister.

This book is by a new author, Karen Foxlee, and I have to say, for a debut, this is a good one. It is written in a backwards sort of way, starting with the day of Beth's funeral and then going back to where it all started, when Beth fell at the lake, and then forward from through the story until after the funeral. In a way, it was hard to get used to the back and forth of it all, because it would go from Jennifer and her friend Angela, in present day, back to Jennifer telling Beth's story, in the past. Once I got used to the format, it was easy to follow. It made for a very different read; one that I found very interesting. Way to go, Karen, for giving us a format that is different and intriguing!

I loved the storyline, as I feel that it is one that many teenagers go through and have to figure out how they will deal with the peer pressure. Beth was sexually active at 13 and didn't choose the best group to hang out with. All the pleading of her parents just pushed her further away, to where she would run away for days and they wouldn't know where she was. She rebelled, as many teens do, but I don't think she really liked who she was becoming. I like that Foxlee tried to bring her back, but in the end, it was just too much for Beth to handle. It's a very well written book that touches on a lot of delicate subjects. Not a book I would recommend for anyone under high school age. A true YA novel.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375856433
Author:
Foxlee, Karen
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author:
Karen Foxlee
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Grief
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Social Issues - Suicide
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.20x5.90x1.30 in. 1.00 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 368 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375856433 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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