Heat Lightning by Leah Hager Cohen

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The chronicles of a summer in the lives of two sisters who had lost their parents in a boating accident as babies reveals how they trace the unraveling of the mythology that the two girls have created to explain their parents' death. A first novel. 25,000 first printing."

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Leah Hager Cohen, a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, established herself as a serious writer in 1994 with her nonfiction book, Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World. Chosen by the American Library Association as one of the best books of 1994, Inside a Deaf World details what it was like growing up as a hearing child around deaf children. Cohen's first fiction novel, Heat Lightning, is a coming-of-age story told from the point of view of two sisters, ages eleven and twelve, who have to deal with the death of their parents.
Published July 1, 1997 by Avon Books (T). 326 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Tilly is drawn ever deeper into the vortex of this troubled clan, Mole deals with Tilly's abrupt abandonment of her in exchange for romance by painstakingly collecting clues to the true story of her parents' lives, hoarding and treasuring each shiny bit of information as a potential tool to br...

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In what seems an explosion of literary creativity, Cohen, whose provocative nonfiction book Glass, Paper, Beans appeared in February (following the memorable 1993 Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World), has written a haunting first novel that exquisitely captures the perceptions of a young girl on ...

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