Postcards to Father Abraham by Catherine Lewis

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Sixteen-year-old Meghan used to be a runner. Top notch. Hermes couldn't catch her. But cancer destroyed that.

She used to have a brother. Killian. Meghan thought he was her white knight. But her father and Vietnam destroyed him.

She used to have a father, but he's become a steely stranger in a navy blue suit...

She does have an idol. A school thesis draws Meghan to someone who knew even greater pain, who faced more intolerable circumstances, who could still summon the strength to rise above it all. Now it seems Abraham Lincoln is the only person Meghan feels she can talk to. So she does, on 6 x 4 inch pieces of paper -- even though Lincoln lived a hundred and fifty years ago. And she wonders why her father can't be more like Lincoln, and if she could be.

With unflinching eloquence, Catherine Lewis weaves together a story about achieving perfection and then falling from grace, about family, self-preservation, and a girl full of grit and fury at an overwhelming crossroads.


About Catherine Lewis

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Catherine Lewis worked as a emergency medical technician and police officer while honing her writing skills. She now teaches creative writing at Purchase College and lives in New York City. Her first novel, Dry Fire, was for adults; Postcards to Father Abraham is her debut young adult novel.
Published February 1, 2000 by Atheneum. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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In her first YA novel, Lewis delivers a deceptively simple, in-depth psychological portrait of an angry girl who finds courage in her dreams of Abraham Lincoln.

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The 16-year-old heroine of this '60s-era coming-of-age story, the author's first novel for teens, faces loss after loss.

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