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Anna Simon has been living by the light of the moon ever since she gave birth to Max, a child with a rare genetic trait for whom sunlight can be fatal. For years, the Simons have structured their lives around Max's schedule. When Anna learns of a camp for families with children like Max, she envisions a sanctuary for her son, a place where he can play and be free. What she does not foresee is the sanctuary that this camp provides for her, as well. But as the family settles in to life at Camp Luna, it awakens in her double-edged desires that both restore her to her former freedoms and threaten to drive her away from the family she loves.
The Porter family, which has summered for generations at Ashaunt Point, a spit of land pushing into Buzzards Bay, MA, is entirely unsettled when the U. S. Army arrives there in 1942. The next generation tries and fails to find escape at Ashaunt Point as Vietnam looms. From Drue Henz Literature Prize winner Graver; perhaps not the biggest title here, but its loved in house.
The title story is winner of the Drue Heinze Literature Prize, 1991. Contains nine others.
Now with her second novel, Elizabeth Graver proves herself to be a major voice in American fiction. The summer that eleven-year-old Eva is caught shoplifting -- for the fourth time -- her mother, Miriam, decides the only solution is to move out of the city to a quiet town in upstate New York. There, she hopes, they can have the normal life she longs for. But Miriam is bound by a past she is trying to forget, and tensions escalate. It is only when Eva meets a reclusive beekeeper that she--and her mother--can find their way back to each other, and can begin life with renewed promise. A haunting novel of memory and desire, "The Honey Thief" reveals the healing power of friendship and the ineradicable bonds of mother and child.
After returning home from working in the Lowell mills, from her bogside cabin in rural New England, Aimee Slater unravels the story of her life, attempting to make sense of the tangled thread that leads from her mother's house-a short, unbridgeable distance away-to the world she now inhabits. It is soon after the Civil War; Aimee lives alone, but is graced with visits from two friends, a crippled man and a orphaned eleven-year-old girl. She is perpetually caught between the sensual world she so desires and the retribution passed down to her by her mother's scorn. How Aimee ultimately creates a life for herself and bridges that distance makes for a moving story of love and loss. Told in a voice of spare New England lyricism, Unravelling is a haunting account of the power of redemption.
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