For Margot Nielsen, 17, it’s always just been her and her mother, Jo. Nearly identical down to the gray streaks in their hair, the two share a cramped one-bedroom apartment. Margot’s mother insists that she follow very specific rules: keeping a candle lit, and never asking about her father or her mother’s family. After a fight with Jo, Margot heads to the pawn shop to repurchase one of her mother’s trinkets as a means to apologize; there, she finds her mother’s childhood Bible and, tucked inside, a photo of a woman who looks remarkably similar to both her and her mother, with a phone number scrawled on the back. Armed with this information, Margot runs away to find her grandmother, Vera, at a farm called Fairhaven. Once there, Margot begins to uncover deep family secrets and realizes that Jo may have had good reason for her strange behavior. Power (Wilder Girls) creates a vivid world with a gothic horror–like setting, where mutant corn stalks produce double helix cobs with pink flesh and where grandmothers are not exactly what they seem. Through Margot, Jo, and Vera, Powers examines the sometimes claustrophobic relationships of mothers and daughters with a genre twist that makes for a riveting, often frightening read. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kimberly Witherspoon and Jessica Mileo, InkWell Management. (July)
Reviewed on : 05/20/2020 Release date: 07/07/2020 Genre: Children's
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