At the center of Francine Prose's profoundly moving new novel is a young girl facing the consequences of sudden loss after the death of her sister. As her parents drift toward their own risky consolations, thirteen-year-old Nico is left alone to grope toward understanding and clarity, falling into a seductive, dangerous relationship with her sister's enigmatic boyfriend.
Over one haunted summer, Nico must face that life-changing moment when children realize their parents can no longer help them. She learns about the power of art, of time and place, the mystery of loss and recovery. But for all the darkness at the novel's heart, the narrative itself is radiant with the lightness of summer and charged by the restless sexual tension of teenage life.Goldengrove takes its place among the great novels of adolescence, beside Henry James's The Awkward Age and L. P. Hartley's The Go-Between.
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by Francine Prose
by Francine Rivers
by Francine Mathews
"This first-person novel begins with 13-year-old Nico admiring her sister Margaret's rich, throaty singing. Narrator Mamie Gummer gives Nico a strong, rough-edged voice, conveying a depth and promise equal to the gifts she praises. Gummer's unhurried reading depicts a leisurely summer day before sister Margaret leaves for college. The girls float in a boat, Nico sleeps, and the listener is lulled. Then Gummer shifts speeds, dramatizing Margaret's sudden drowning and life's instantaneous changes. The rest of Gummer's narration is filled with pauses--as if Nico is trying to find a break from grief and to consider more carefully the potential pain in her relationship with her sister's artistic boyfriend. Gummer's pauses also give listeners time to appreciate the wry humor that saves the story from becoming maudlin. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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