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LIFE IN MINIATURE
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Although written in the first person, Adie so often exactly quotes her mother that the mother’s voice is present in the story, as one suspects it always is in Adie’s head. It is very well written and certainly moving, but depressing. Adie’s mother is mentally ill, which has terrible effects on her two daughters although the ending is not completely hopeless. However, it seems very unlikely that either daughter will have a happy adult life.
Adie is 12 when the story begins, her sister 15 and a half. At the beginning, their mother is in a mental hospital for a short stay. A neighbor is taking care of the girls. But soon she is out and the family (there is no father), are on the move to a new apartment. Then the older sister runs away and instead of moving from apartment to apartment, Adie is taken by her mother to live in hotel after hotel. Adie’s mother lives surrounded by fears of things that Adie knows aren’t real, though she pretends she does believe her mother is right. Adie manages to make something like a friend in most places, but as soon as they are on the run, she’s forced to use an assumed name and the unreal circumstances of her life overwhelm any chance of real connections. (KENSINGTON, Dec., 304 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Page Traynor
Published: December 2010