Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I just finished Goldengrove by Francine Prose. I love that her last name is Prose. I often make a mental note of how certain people have last names that reflect a portion of their personality or life. The book is written from the perspective of Nico, a 13 year old girl who mourns the tragic death of her beloved and revered older sister Margaret. The novel dissects the grieving that Nico's family endures, and their coping mechanisms. Nico finds solace in confiding in Aaron, Margaret's boyfriend, who is also in deep pain. Nico finds herself comforted by Aaron, and eventually finds herself becoming emotionally involved with him. For his part, Aaron sees his dead girlfriends personality in Nico, and she is willing to go along with his charade, as she may just be in love with him. It is a story that captures you and does not let you go. The authors use of language draws you right into the moment. I felt as though I could talk to each of the characters. I would highly recommend this book, but for older readers.