Monday, April 23, 2007

All Rivers Flow to the Sea

by Alison McGhee

This slim volume for young adults packs a punch with its very serious story. Sisters Rose and Ivy were in a car crash; both teens survived, but Ivy is left in a vegetative state. Rose, the younger sister, is at a loss. She visits her sister every day at the nursing home, reading to her, hoping that she will awaken. Their mother has yet to see Ivy; she cannot bear the pain.

As Rose slowly tries to recover, she finds that she doesn’t know how to cope with the pain. It will take a few missteps and some very kind neighbors to bring her back on track.

I like Rose, and I can identify with her pain. Sometimes losing a sibling is the most painful loss one ever experiences. McGhee handles the subject matter with grace and honesty. Recommended.


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