Everyone loves his mother, but what happens when you love her so much you can't bear to let her go—ever? That's the sign of the Love Curse, and young Ivy's got it bad, in this "darkly perfect masterpiece" (Kevin Brooks) for young adults by Newbery Medal winner Jack Gantos. When Ivy discovers a secret in the basement of the Rumbaugh pharmacy, she uncovers a disturbing side of Abner and Adolph Rumbaugh, known throughout their Pennsylvania town as the Twins. It seems that Ab and Dolph have a fascination with taxidermy, and are trying to keep their deceased mother around for as long as possible. Ivy's discovery leads to the revelation of a Rumbaugh family curse, a curse that holds a strange power over herself and her own mother.
"Obsessive mother love and taxidermy ... possibly the most oddball children's book ever written and certainly one of the cleverest."—Sunday Telegraph (London)
"This offbeat novel, reflecting elements of Psycho and Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily,' draws readers into a macabre world where taboos are lifted and unconventional desires unleashed."—Publisher's Weekly