By: Sarah Ockler
Pub date: December 15th, 2010
Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart.
She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her " ...more Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart.
She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.
Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?
“Claire? It’s Rachel. I’m afraid I have some bad news.”
Mom and I didn’t sleep last night. She spent the pre-dawn hours packing and mail-forwarding and making lists with colored Sharpies while I hung out on the couch, drinking cold coffee and trying not to ask too many questions. I was in enough trouble already—and that was before Aunt Rachel’s phone call sent her into overdrive and hijacked my summer plans.
“Here we go,” Mom says now, clicking the power locks and backing us down the driveway in the dark blue Lexus sedan. Actually, it’s a black sapphire pearl Lexus sedan, not dark blue. The bill for the custom paint job is tacked to the bulletin board over my desk—a constant reminder that I still owe her for the dent-and-scratch combo I added when she was out of town last month.
Including the backpack between my feet and a long black dress for the funeral, I brought three bags of stuff for the whole tragic summer. The rest of the black sapphire pearl trunk and the cashmere leather interior is full of Mom’s matching luggage and carefully labeled boxes of file folders, gel pens, computer cables, a printer-scanner-fax machine, and—should she be required during our dysfunctional family trip to showcase her management prowess—a collection of smartly tailored pantsuits in taupe, navy, and classic black.
“Left turn in four. Hundred. Feet...”
Sarah Ockler's debut novel Twenty Boy Summer happens to be one of my favourite books and so I am beyond excited for this one. To read the remainder of the above excerpt go here. For more information on Sarah Ockler and her work you can visit her official website and blog.
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