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Precocious 11-year-old Lucy McGowan lives an isolated life with her mother, Tess, and her twin brother, Milo, who has an astronomical IQ. Homeschooled, the twins rarely leave their dilapidated Chicago apartment, so Lucy is thrilled when her mother reluctantly takes her grandmother, called Oma, back to Timber Falls, Wisconsin, to take care of Tess's dying father. Lucy sees this as an opportunity to ask about her family, especially her father. But her mother speaks little about the family and refuses to tell Lucy anything about her biological father. Preternaturally perceptive, Lucy recognizes that something important keeps her mother from sustaining relationships with men, particularly when Lucy entertains thoughts of having a father in her life. Lucy's quest to find out about her father unearths the many skeletons in her family history and changes the family dynamics. Kring explores the far-ranging effects of family trauma with a deft hand as her child narrator uncovers the past, bringing light and hope. A touching novel.--Engelmann, Patty Copyright 2008 Booklist
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