When eleven-year-old Katy Sue loses her mother to meningitis, she and her family must adjust to life without her. The rural farm in the 1940s provides a natural backdrop that is rhythmic and routine but unforgiving, even when a family member dies. The house's emptiness is filled only when her Aunt Katherine comes to the family's aid, as does Jake, a family friend. Katy Sue, the youngest of the three children, struggles to understand what the loss of her mother means for her now. With the guidance of her teacher, she begins to imagine her future through drawing, a process that allows her to accept her father's soon-to-be wife, the farm life without her mother, and, eventually, her own role within the family.
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"In the year after her mother dies, Katy Sue's life changes, and so does she. Marguerite Gavin captures the 11-year-old's poignant thoughts and memories in a melodic and thoughtful presentation. Soliloquies are especially well done--the listener hears Katy Sue processing not only the death of her mother, but also the effect of that loss on her sister, brother, and father. Gavin crafts her portrayal of each character, giving voice and emotion to each family member as well as to townsfolk and friends. Katy Sue's realization that life does indeed go on after the loss of a loved one is rewarded with a different kind of happiness. D.L.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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