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The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters

 
 
Author
Timothy Schaffert.
Publisher Blue Hen  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780399149009
Pages/Publication Date 228/2002
Daedalus Item Code 43803
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In this seriocomic first novel from the author of The Swan Gondola and The Coffins of Little Hope, Lily and Mabel Rollow live in their grandmother's junk shop in rural Nebraska. Following their father's suicide and their mother's abandonment years ago, both of them have struggled to make sense of the world. But now that their grandmother has retired to Florida, the Rollow sisters take their next steps in two very different directions; Lily steals a car with her boyfriend and heads southwest to an Arizona vineyard to confront her mother, while Mabel stays behind, seeking to commune somehow with her father's ghost.

"[Timothy] Schaffert's heartfelt debut features two young misfit sisters left alone to run a junk shop in rural Nebraska. Mabel and Lily Rollow (21 and 18, respectively) have inherited the jumbled store from their grandmother, who left their small town a few months earlier. This latest act of neglect opens the childhood wounds of their father's suicide and their mother's abandonment, the phantom limbs through which they feel very real pain. The sisters draw strength from each other, but are as different as they can be physically and temperamentally; seductive Lily is kittenish and quixotic, while heavyset, bespectacled Mabel is the sensible one. The girls do agree on their mutual object of affection, 19-year-old Jordan, the cheap wine-swilling 'cute ruin' who likens his preoccupation with suicide to 'having a crush on a mean girl.' But he falls for Lily and the lovebirds embark on a road trip to the Southwest to find the girls' mother, leaving Mabel alone to run the shop and exorcise her demons (a process that involves visiting a brain-damaged, former glue-sniffing addict rumored to communicate with the dead). Though the emotional terrain is familiar ... the wistful coming-of-age story is solidly crafted and enlivened by quirky, Gothic touches and gentle humor."Publishers Weekly

 
 
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