What a beautiful bittersweet book. I love that this story is all Canadian - written by a Canadian author and based on a Canadian Prairie.
The book tells the story of Lizzie who is "stuck" with her mean, old grandmother in the middle of nowhere Saskatchewan.
Lizzie has lost her mom and now, her dad is leaving her with "a mean old grandmother" while he attempts to make a living on the road. The grandmother is bitter, in part because she blames Lizzie and her dad for the death of Lizzie's mother.
What I immediately felt as I read this book is that absolutely everyone in this story is broken and in desperate need of love. Although the grandmother character is definitely not adorable, we somehow get the feeling that she is living throuh her own kind of hell and is determined to share this with everyone, specifically Lizzie.
This book is so poignant - at times I hated all the characters for the way they were treating Lizzie and at times, I understood their pain. The lack of communication and verbally sharing of feelings is palpable. You wanted to scream "share, share what you are feeling".
A wonderfully put together book - difficult to read, but all too real.
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How do you define a family?2011年4月22日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
"Tumbleweed skies" is what Ellie's mother called clouds that looked dry and dusty as they blew across the sky. At least, that's what Ellie's newfound Uncle Roger tells her; Ellie doesn't remember her mother, who died when Ellie was a baby. Now, 10 years later, Ellie's father has been laid off and takes a job as a traveling salesman, leaving her with family she'd never met. Living with quiet Uncle Roger and a bitter grandmother who clearly doesn't want her, Ellie anxiously waits for her father to come back for her. Set in the 1950s, the book includes elements that may seem foreign to the contemporary reader. Ellie meets the expectations of the time period that she will "mind her manners" and be seen, not heard. While some young readers may wonder why she doesn't rebel, her behavior rings true for the fifties. Her emotions are genuine for all times.