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Sad and joyful all mixed up together,
This review is from: A Greyhound of a Girl (Hardcover)
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We are a huge fan of Roddy Doyle's work in our family. My children love The Giggler Treatment and Rover Saves Christmas, and I have enjoyed all of his novels for adults. This is a novel for teenagers, new ground for us, but it did not prove in the least disappointing. Mary's grandmother is in the hospital, and fourteen year old Mary and her mother are becoming increasingly ground down by the daily visits to such an inhospitable place, watching someone they love very much fade away from them. One day Mary meets a strange woman on her way home from school, and her involvement in the family and their life and problems puts a whole new light on things. I will not give too much away as I do not want to spoil the story for you, but this is a wonderful meditation on death and dying and coping with all the big unanswerable questions, and I would whole heartedly recommend it to any young adult of my acquaintance, and some not so young adults.