(From the publisher):
"I was ten the summer we drove my mother crazy." And so starts this captivating debut novel, narrated by ten-year-old Rainey Dougherty. It's August of 1953 in Four Corners, New York, when Rainey's mother is hospitalized for mental instability - or, as Rainey's father puts it, when the doctors say she needs a good long rest. Rainey and her four siblings find themselves at the mercy of Merle, their caustically funny and bitter aunt who comes up to the country from the Bronx with her troubled fourteen-year-old daughter, Joan.
This begins a summer of enlightenment for Rainey when she learns about the realities of life through the eyes of innocence. And, though it seems strange, Merle's voice is the one clear note in Rainey's head as she begins a season without her mother, a season that repeatedly brings her to the brink of disaster and the beddrock of hope.
Original title: Four Corners
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ties That Bind
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Youth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)