Adult Fiction O'CONNOR
Summary: "The various voices ring true. Ms. O'Connor writes of family and love and loss and youth at risk and hard-earned pleasure; she does so with a noticing eye and tone-perfect ear." -Nicholas Delbanco ." . . a touching odyssey of a girl poised between the emotional abyss and the reader's heart." -Annie Betz, Minneapolis Star-Tribune "Sheila O'Connor's beautifully readable novel about young girls living close to the precipice is truthful, tough, and filled with delicate hope. She shows how we all survive by inches, by grace." -Maureen Gibbon "For a single mother of three, and a writer who reads countless books a year, to stay up most of the night to finish a novel means it must be a heck of a story: and Sheila O'Connor's novel was, so compelling in the landscape of urban hardscrabble Minneapolis, and the interior horizons of a damaged mother and her two daughters trying to build their own fable of a family. Fervent and despairing and truth-hard, this novel kept me spellbound, hurtling toward a hoped-for redemption." -Susan Straight, author of "Highwire Moon ." . . a fresh and moving coming-of-age novel, a memorable portrait of the artist as a scrawny young girl. . . . If "Where No Gods Came is a kind of fairy tale, it's the real thing, as told by Grimm not Disney, full of real menace, sharp edges and rough corners, strangeness and, ultimately, the possibility of grace. It's a story about the power of love and guts and imagination to sus
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