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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“ I don't remember , ” Dad says , which is his standard answer about the past . I marvel at his failure to embrace , let alone recall , the past . It is lovely , in a way , because it reveals such faith in the future .
We wear Indian - print dresses and wire - framed glasses , and our hair falls past our shoulders . I put my feet up on the leather couch , and Heather kneels like Cinderella next to the fireplace .
I traded the unborn baby for my father's memory — in effect , the future for the past . I could start our own future again , I thought . But the past , represented by Dad , seemed far too finite to give away .
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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