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Publisher's Summary

Nine-year-old Carrie Parker and her mother, Libby, are making a fresh start in the small town of Hartsville, North Carolina, ready to put their turbulent past behind them. Violence has shattered their family and left Libby nearly unable to cope. And while Carrie once took comfort in her beloved sister, Emma, her mother has now forbidden even the mention of her name.
When Carrie meets Ruth, Honor, and Cricket Chaplin, these three generations of warmhearted women seem to have the loving home Carrie has always dreamed of. But as Carrie and Cricket become fast friends, neither can escape the pull of their families' secrets - and uncovering the truth will transform the Chaplins and the Parkers forever.
©2012 Elizabeth Flock (P)2012 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Haunting, harrowing, and exquisitely told, Flock's brilliant, bold novel is all about imagination, grief, and one stunning young narrator's struggle to transcend an unimaginable past in order to carve out a future. Absolutely unforgettable." (Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle Shank on 05-20-18

Know it could be true, Hope it was not

Such a talented and imaginative author and one that I have long enjoyed. The story was shocking and crazy and too real at times, but also had a few too many coincidences for my taste. I won't ruin it by pointing them out.
As for the narrator, the "voices" were hard to differentiate at times. But her own voice was soothing and easy on the ear, which adds to the enjoyment of the story for me.
For 5 stars, I would prefer that the author edit out the banal chapters of dialog...For instance, one conversation between Honor and her mother almost led me to shut it down. And the characters were not true to their established personality, such as Ed's chosen moment of emotional display.
Still, an enjoyable story and one that has you knowing it could have easily been a true story and also hoping that it was not.

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