Goldengrove A Novel (Paperback)
|Author: Francine Prose|
|From a "New York Times"-bestselling author comes an emotionally powerful novel about love and loss.|
From the Publisher:
Grieving independently after the drowning death of her sister, thirteen-year-old Nico falls into a seductive and dangerous relationship with her sister's enigmatic boyfriend throughout the course of a summer during which she realizes that she has moved beyond the help of her parents. Reprint.
After the sudden death of her beloved older sister, thirteen-year-old Nico finds her life on New England's idyllic Mirror Lake irrevocably altered. Left alone to grope toward understanding, she falls into a seductive, dangerous relationship with her sister's boyfriend. Over one haunted summer, Nico faces that life-changing moment when children realize their parents can no longer help them as she experiences the mystery of loss and recovery. Still, for all the darkness at its heart, Goldengrove is radiant with the lightness of summer and charged by the restless sexual tension of adolescence.
Nico is a plump teenager who adores her charismatic older sister, Margaret, and she wants nothing more than to tag along with Margaret and her boyfriend, Aaron. But when Margaret drowns in a nearby lake at the start of summer, Nico finds herself in the depths of grief without the help of her parents, who are too devastated to guide her through mourning. Nico and Aaron's bonding over their mutual loss leads to eerie territory for the young protagonist, but all the roiling emotions of adolescence gradually lead Nico to tender reflections on human resilience in the wake of tragedy.