Born into a family with artistry in their fingers, Lyza laments that her only talent is carving letters into wood. That is until her life is turned upside down when her mother succumbs to the influenza pandemic of 1918, which is devastating their small coastal town in Maine. With her mother gone, Lyza must protect her eccentric father, who runs the risk of being committed, especially now that he claims he's waiting for the return of his dead wife. Can Lyza save her father and find her own path in the process?
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 132.08 x 200.66 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
- 13 Apr 2010
- Milkweed Editions
- Minneapolis, United States
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Lyza's father, an eccentric, artistic man, is slowly losing his sanity. Lyza always relied on the stability of her mother to help keep him from completely going over the edge. Now, Lyza is left to pick up the pieces after her mother succumbs to the influenza epidemic. Pater struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy, but he is convinced that his wife's spirit will eventually pay him a visit. Lyza's father is hiding an incredible secret, one that may take him away from Lyza forever. It is a secret that Lyza shares with her father - a family trait that she has inherited and can no longer ignore. THE KEENING was a fast read. I enjoyed how LaFaye set the story in Maine around the time of the flu epidemic, as it gave the story some historical context. I also enjoyed her descriptions of the sea. The water seemed to be very important to both Lyza and her father. I was also surprised when Pater's secret was revealed - I had not seen that coming. The story is not complex and the characters are simple, but that is what makes this novel a delightful read. It is the story of a girl and the bond she shares with her father. Read it - you won't be disappointed.show moreby TeensReadToo