Bittersweet (Hardcover)

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Taylor has always thought of herself as an artist, never lacking ideas or creative energy. But when her beloved Grams, who has raised her from infancy, suffers a stroke, Taylor’s world is shaken. People she thought she knew suddenly assume confusing new identities. Worst of all, her artistic ability deserts her—and if she isn’t an artist, who is she? Since she can’t create images on paper or canvas, there seems to be no reason not to paint her own face and body, no reason not to stop talking for a week, or throw the telephone out the window, or make a boutonniere of raw frogs’ legs for her prom date. . . . Slowly, Taylor finds her way through the aching grief of Grams’s absence and the shifting layers of her emotional reality to a clearer perception of herself, her surroundings, and her connections with others. Poignant, edgy, and irreverent, her voice will resonate with anyone who has had difficulty crossing shaky ground.

About the Author

Drew Lamm’s published work includes picture books and short stories. Bittersweet was her first novel and her first book for Clarion. She lives in Rowayton, Connecticut.

Praise For…

"offers a vivid portrayl of the emotional confusion and volatility experienced by a young woman in a season of change." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"writing is quite pleasantly inventive...metaphors and surprising phrases...realistic portrayal of an individual's struggle to come to terms with herself." KIRKUS REVIEWS Kirkus Reviews

"sensitive, well-crafted coming-of-age novel...constantly expressing her reactions with figurative comparisons, Taylor communicates her creative bent...girls with similar sensitivites...will relate" VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES (VOYA) VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

"the extremes of melodrama in this tale of grief and renewal will speak volumes to the book's target audience." THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"nearly everyone will empathize with Taylor's grief and rage...balanced, carefully observed story about cycles of growth and regeneration." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780618164431
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: October 20th, 2003
Pages: 224

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