Say the Word Jeannine Garsee. Bloomsbury, $16.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-59990-333-0 Garsee's (Before, After, and Somebody in Between) second novel hits the ground running and doesn't let up. Shawna Gallagher, a high school senior trying to live up to her domineering father's expectations, is awakened one night by a phone call: her estranged mother, who left Shawna and her father years earlier for a woman, Fran, has had a stroke. Following her mother's death, Shawna must confront her feelings about her mother and her own prejudices (she has particular issues with gay people, which are further complicated when her best friend comes out). Shawna's father, learning that one of Fran's sons is in fact his child by Shawna's mother, fights for (and gains) custody of the boy—finally spurring Shawna to defy him. The novel overflows with story lines and plot twists—Shawna's romance with her stepbrother (and her father's with her former babysitter), her ailing grandfather and the ridicule she faces in school. Nevertheless, Garsee presents a compelling portrait of a young woman growing up and coping with an overwhelming array of problems. Ages 14–up. (Mar.)To all my readers, I encourage you to read this book and her debut Novel, "Before, After and Somebody in Between." You will be treated to literary greatness. She is a damn good storyteller. My first review was "Say the Word" and I really don't think I did it justice when I reviewed it.
24 February 2009
Say the Word, Jeannine Garsee
First and foremost, Jeannine Garsee is a friend. A GOOD friend. We talk, I read her stuff and critique it. She's got an amazing book coming out on March 17, 2009 (and I created the widget for her and a playlist!) Look what was in this week's Pub Weekly
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