Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Rope Walk by Carrie Brown

This may be the great discovery of the summer. The Rope Walk is a coming-of-age story reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, and almost as good. Carrie Brown evokes the spirit of endless summer days in the Vermont village where 10 year old Alice lives with her college professor father and five older brothers. But her tenth summer is special because of two new faces in town - Theo, a biracial New York City kid visiting his grandparents for the summer and an eccentric neighbor woman's artistic brother who is dying of AIDS. Brown's language is beautiful, but her story is riveting. I recommend this novel with high praise.

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