A "profoundly moving" memoir of love, loss, and healing following the death of a young woman's beloved father (Kirkus Reviews).
A Real Emotional Girl tells the true story of young Tanya, growing up in the wonderland of her family's all-girl summer camp. At sixteen, this idyllic life is interrupted when she must face her father's sudden illness. Tanya, her mother, and two brothers find themselves cramped in a tiny cabin in a tiny town in northern Wisconsin in the dead of winter. There they wait for her father to die of cancer. Separated from friends and civilization, Tanya has only her fears and uncertainty for company.
Now twenty, Tanya has lost a man who was not only her father, but a surrogate father to thousands. Richard Chernov was a man who shared himself, humor and all, with just about everyone who would let him. And with this same unflagging commitment and passion, Tanya shares her struggles and the blessings she finds in them in her unforgettable coming-of-age story.
For anyone who has ever experienced loss, A Real Emotional Girl offers a glimpse, provocative in its raw honesty, into the nature of grief and the positive transformation that can follow.
"A contemplative . . . meditation on life, love and death." —Kirkus Review, starred review
"In this engaging debut . . . Chernov re-creates the emotional devastation wrought by her father's death, followed by a gradual realization of what was most valuable in their relationship." —Publishers Weekly
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