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Where no gods came
Sheila O'Connor
Adult Fiction O'CONNOR

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Since infancy, Fiana McCoy has lived with her father in San Diego. Then, when she is barely teenaged, her debt-ridden father must take an oil-rig job off Australia's coast, and Fianna is sent to Minneapolis to live with her mother, Lenore, and older sister, Cammy. The neurotic and alcoholic Lenore is incapable of parenting, and Fiana must instead nurture her mother while coping in a new and hostile environment. Told in alternating voices, this is a poignant tale of childhood ended abruptly and the discovery of a new and stronger self. Sisters Fiana and Cammy are complex, wonderfully drawn characters who burst from the pages and enthrall the reader. Cammy's tough exterior belies the nurturing older sister, and, in Fiana, O'Connor effectively captures the naivet? of the child and the burgeoning perceptiveness of the teenager. The relationship between the sisters is the soul of the novel, as they journey from loathing to loyalty and love. Written with precision and perception, this is a highly recommended work from a writer to watch.-Caroline M. Hallsworth, City of Greater Sudbury, Ont. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Faina McCoy
Age: 12
Introverted; sent to live with her estranged mother and sister for a year while her father works off debts in Australia.

Age: Teenager
Faina's elder sister.

Faina and Cammy's mother.

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