At the center of Francine Prose's profoundly moving Goldengrove is a young girl facing up to the consequences of sudden loss after the drowning of her sister. As her parents drift toward their own risky consolations, 13-year-old Nico is left alone to grope toward understanding and clarity--and to fall into a seductive, dangerous relationship with her sister's enigmatic boyfriend.
Over one haunted summer, Nico must face that life-changing moment when children realize their parents can no longer help them. She learns about the power of art, of time and place, the mystery of loss and recovery. But for all the darkness at the novel's heart, the narrative itself is radiant with the lightness of summer, charged by the restless tension of teenage life.
Goldengrove is a poignant, deeply affecting novel that illuminates the depths of the human heart, stunned by unexpected tragedy and redeemed by a hard-won wisdom and enduring love.
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