A Greyhound of a Girl
Roddy Doyle (2012) , 0 pages
From acclaimed author Roddy Doyle comes a lovely and deceptively simple story about family, love, life, death, and the power of memory. While this book is a short, quick read, it holds an unforgettable message that is well worth sharing with the entire family. This honest multigenerational story focuses on twelve-year old Mary, a sassy but smart preteen, her mother Scarlett, who ends every sentence with an exclamation point, her grandmother Emer, who is slowly fading in her hospital bed, and Emer's mother Tansey, a ghost who died young. Tansey has come back to help Emer cross over, and Mary and Scarlett come along for the ride on a midnight road trip into the past that helps Emer come to terms with her long life, and ultimately, with her death. By turns funny, touching, heartbreaking, and uplifting, this book is a standout for its keen characterization, snappy dialogue (complete with Irish dialect and nuances), and its universal message of the importance of family and memories in shaping our personalities and our lives.
Reviewed by Gigi
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