Synopses & Reviews
“[With The Sweet In-Between
,] bestseller Reynolds delivers again . . . Simple prose rich with subtext, convincing dialogue, and a fascinating protagonist combine to produce a heartstring-plucker thats explicit, tender, sad, and hopeful.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Kendra, or “Kenny,” has grown up in a family thats not really hers. Her momma died of cancer when Kenny was very young, and “Aunt” Glo is, in fact, her daddys girlfriend, who took her in when her father was sent to jail for drug trafficking.
Nearing eighteen years old and facing confusion over her sexuality, Kenny binds her chest with ACE bandages and keeps her hair cropped short like a boys. Her gender ambiguity makes her an outcast at school and, even at times, at home, where her adopted family isnt really sure what to make of her.
When a senseless murder occurs in their run-down coastal towna college student mistakenly entering the wrong home is killedKenny becomes obsessed with thoughts of the dead girl and with her own fears that she will be alone in the world when she turns eighteen. She makes it her mission to become indispensable to Aunt Glo in the hopes that she can win the older womans love, despite their not being bound by blood.
A lyrical tale of a family of misfits in a town thats seen its best days come and go, The Sweet In-Between is also a poignant story of an unforgettable characters coming-of-age.
From the Hardcover edition.
"Tender . . . [a] sweet coming-of-age story, thanks to its young, wise-beyond-her-years, Scout Finch—esque heroine."
Kenny Lugo has grown up in a family thats not really hers. Her mother died of cancer when Kenny was very young, and Aunt Glo-who is, in fact, her daddys girlfriend-took her in when her father was sent to jail for drug trafficking. Now, as Kenny approaches her eighteenth birthday and the end of the government checks Glo has been receiving looms, she is desperate to prove that this house and these people really do belong to her. But when a senseless murder occurs next door in their small coastal town, Kenny cant get it out of her mind. She has always been consumed by the ways in which she is different-and inherently unworthy-so the unjust death of a young woman with everything to live for becomes an obsession.
In the end, hers is a story of an unforgettable young woman whose redemption comes from a source she never would have imagined.
About the Author
SHERI REYNOLDS is a professor of writing and literature at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is the author of five novels, including the Oprah Book Club selection The Rapture of Canaan
, which was a #1 New York Times
bestseller. She lives in Cape Charles, Virginia.
From the Hardcover edition.