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 and charged by the restless sexual tension of teenage life. Over one haunted summer, Nico must face that life-changing moment when children realize their parents can no longer help them. At the centre of Francine Prose' s profoundly moving new novel is a young girl facing the consequences of sudden loss after the death of her sister. As her parents drift towards their own risky consolations, thirteen-year-old Nico is left alone to grope towards understanding and clarity, falling into a seductive, dangerous relationship with her sister' s enigmatic boyfriend.
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