Author(s): Francine Prose
At the center of Francine Prose's profoundly moving new novel is a young girl facing the consequences of sudden loss after the death of her sister. As her parents drift toward their own risky consolations, thirteenÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂyearÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂold Nico is left alone to grope toward understanding and clarity, falling into a seductive, dangerous relationship with her sister's enigmatic boyfriend. Over one haunted summer, Nico must face that lifeÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂchanging moment when children realize their parents can no longer help them. She learns about the power of art, of time and place, the mystery of loss and recovery. But for all the darkness at the novel's heart, the narrative itself is radiant with the lightness of summer and charged by the restless sexual tension of teenage life. Goldengrove takes its place among the great novels of adolescence, beside Henry James's The Awkward Age and L. P. Hartley's The GoÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂBetween. 'emotionally authentic ... a ravishing novel of the mystery of death and life's assertion' Booklist 'Deeply touching and absorbing' Publishers Weekly 'Francine Prose has a knack for getting to the heart of human nature' USA Today First published 2008.