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on Aug. 06, 2013 :
This delightful little book is a contemporary work of fiction set in 1954. The narrator is 13-year old, Katherine Gale, who is quirky, smart and a voracious reader. Like all teenagers, she is a little bit of an outsider, even in her family - a person standing a bit apart from everyone else, a person who is still trying to figure out where she fits in.
The story revolves around Katherine's trip to her grandmother's house, a trip which she is reluctant to take. Katherine's grandmother's memory is failing, yet it is not all gone. Her grandmother's glimpses of memory allow Katherine to see her as an entirely different light - as a woman, a lover, and adult rather than as just an elderly grandmother. What makes this novella particularly poignant is Keleny's rich descriptions of Chicago, the Girl Scouts and the ornaments. They make the story come alive and make you nostalgic for another time and place.
(reviewed the day of purchase)