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Editorial Reviews

This incandescent and lyrical work by author and Guggenheim Fellow Victor Lodato explores with delicacy, humor, and depth the story of teenager Mathilda Savitch as she attempts to make sense of the world and everything in it in the wake of her older sister's death.
Voice actor Cassandra Campbell's light, self-deprecating tone ideally complements Mathilda's quick intelligence and wit, which mask a grief that her traumatized parents are unable and unwilling to acknowledge. Campbell's performance of this inventive and affecting work is spot-on, allowing readers access to the deepest recesses of Mathilda's mind, and rendering this audiobook a truly moving and unforgettable experience.
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Publisher's Summary

I want to be awful. I want to do awful things and why not? Dull is dull is dull is my life. Like now, it's night, not yet time for bed but too late to be outside, and the two of them reading reading reading with their eyes moving like the lights inside a copy machine. When I was helping put the dishes in the washer tonight, I broke a plate. I said sorry Ma it slipped. But it didn't slip, that's how I am sometimes, and I want to be worse. Awful is easy if you make it your one and only. Fear doesn't come naturally to Mathilda Savitch. She prefers to look right at the things nobody else can bring themselves to mention: for example, the fact that her beloved older sister is dead, pushed in front of a train by a man who is still on the loose. But after a year of spying and provocations, she's no closer to the truth than she was the day it happened. When Mathilda finally cracks Helen's e-mail password, a secret life opens up, one that swiftly draws her into a world of clouded motives and strange emotion. Somewhere in it lies the key to waking her family up from their dream of grief. To cross into that underworld and see what her sister saw, she has to risk everything that matters to her.
©2009 Victor Lodato; (P)2009 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"The outrageous, pitch-perfect voice of this book grabs you up and won't let go. A bravura performance." (Mary Karr, author of the New York Times bestseller The Liar's Club)
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