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Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart by Jane St Anthony
ISBN 9780816699223 University of Minnesota Press 2018 Paperback
In Milwaukee, Isabelle Day had a house. And she had a father. This year, on Halloween, she has half of a house in Minneapolis, a mother at least as sad as she is, and a loss thatu2019s too hard to think-let alone talk-about. Itu2019s the Midwest in the early 1960s, and dads just donu2019t die . . . like that. Hovering over Isabelleu2019s new world are the duplexu2019s too-attentive landladies, Miss Flora (u201ca lovely dried floweru201d) and her sister Miss Dora (u201cgrim as roadkillu201d), who dwell in a sea of memories and doilies; the gleefully demonic Sister Mary Mercy, who rules a school awash in cigarette smoke; and classmates steady Margaret and edgy Grace, who hold out some hope of friendship. As Isabelleu2019s first tentative steps carry her through unfamiliar territory-classroom debacles and misadventures at home and beyond, time trapped in a storm-tossed cemetery and investigating an inhospitable hospital-she begins to discover that, when it comes to pain and loss, she might actually be in good company. In light of the elderly sistersu2019 lives, Grace and Margaretu2019s friendship, and her fatheru2019s memory, she just might find the heart and humor to save herself. With characteristic sensitivity and wit, Jane St. Anthony reveals how a girlu2019s life clouded with grief can also hold a world of promise.
It’s the Midwest in the early 1960s, and Isabelle is reeling from a loss that’s too hard to think–let alone talk–about. With characteristic sensitivity and wit, Jane St. Anthony reveals how a girl’s life clouded with grief can also hold a world of promise.