New Year's Eve: A Novel
Crown Publishers, 1997 - 366 страница
Part contemporary family drama, part ghost story, this engrossing, moving novel dramatizes the difficult process of letting go of one's childhood to embrace one's new, chosen family. For most of her adult life, Erica has been mourning the loss of closeness between herself and her twin sister, Heather. When they both give birth within weeks of each other, that closeness is recaptured. Erica's daughter Sarah and Heather's son David are like the siblings their mothers were as children. Three years later David is killed in an accident, and Sarah begins talking to him in Heaven, reporting daily on the details of their communication. While Erica and her husband become increasingly alarmed at Sarah's seeming obsession, Heather encourages it, helps Sarah build a dollhouse according to what she says are David's specifications, and gradually begins to drive an emotional wedge between Sarah and her mother. In the fog of her confused feelings about attachment and loss, childhood and maturity, love and competition, one necessity becomes clear to Erica: She must reclaim her daughter from Heather's grief, and free herself, and her child, to live in the present.
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They were walking by a stream one day when Dryope picked a beautiful flower to give to her infant son . But the flower , it turned out , was really a nymph . Once plucked , it started bleeding and was determined to seek revenge .
“ Sarah , ” I said , “ give Grandpa a kiss . ” “ She doesn't have to perform , ” he told me . Pointedly . Judgmentally . As if I had somehow forgotten the myriad hoops that I'd once had to jump through for him .
“ Give me your hand , please . I need to get that dirt off . ” Her hand fluttered up through the bath bubbles , and I caught it while she started to squirm . I brushed her knuckles and fingertips .
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NEW YEAR'S EVEКоментар посетиоца странице - Kirkus
A beguiling contemporary tale with a supernatural subtext features a family confronting, and then accepting, all those universal heartaches—a child's death, a parent's decline—that can visit even ... Прочитајте целу рецензију
LibraryThing ReviewКоментар посетиоца странице - BinnieBee - LibraryThing
A sad but interesting story of twins and families. Прочитајте целу рецензију