Like a modern-day Our Town, this unforgettable book explores the subtle tragedies and the hope for redemption tucked deep inside every house in a seemingly average suburban neighborhood.
Angela Mayfair is not your typical twelve-year-old. She is a Millennium Extrasensory Evolution Kid, and she can see through walls. She notices the dark shadow of pain lurking in one neighbor’s pantry and can sense the paralyzing anger keeping another neighbor awake at night. In this lyrical, heartbreaking, and whimsical slice-of-life by critically acclaimed novelist Pamela Ditchoff, Angela walks us through the homes on Lantern Hill, introducing a cast of fascinating characters whose lives intertwine in quiet, yet often profound, ways.
From Arnie the dwarf, a compassionate phone company guy who struggles to heal his emotionally damaged wife; to Cora, the postal service mail sorter whose unlikely sexual awakening is triggered by a delivery of exotic orchids; to Hank, Angela’s father’s lover, who channels his self-loathing into bulimia, each luminous character in this thoroughly engaging novel-in-stories teaches Angela a lesson in the human condition. Drawing on the classic nursery rhyme about the seven days of the week, as well as the seven deadly sins, Ditchoff frames each household beautifully in its own particular pathos.
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Published July 1, 2003
by Shaye Areheart Books.
Literature & Fiction.