Sunday, October 01, 2006

Tending to Grace

“Inside, where nobody can see, I’m glorious with the colors of the girl I wish I could be.”

This is a first novel by Kimberly Newton Fusco. Cornelia is 15-years-old and she has struggled in school because she stutters. She loves to read and has read many classic novels. Cornelia has always had to take care of her mother, Lenore, and that has been how she felt useful. She called it her fix-up project. Her mother and her boyfriend are running off to Las Vegas and dumping Cornelia with Aunt Agatha who Cornelia has never met. The house is a disaster and it doesn’t bother Agatha. There is no phone and no indoor toilet. Cornelia struggles to adjust to living in this place. She is always hoping that her mother will come back to get her.
Living with Agatha, Cornelia finally learns to accept herself. Both of the characters learn to love and depend on each other.

The chapters in this book are very short, and it is a book that you don’t want to end.


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