Saying it Out Loud: A Novel

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DK Pub., 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 136 pages
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With the help of her best friend, sixteen-year-old Mindy sorts through her relationships with her solicitous mother and her detached father as she tries to come to terms with the fact that her mother is dying from a brain tumor. A complex novel about a high school senior whose relations with her mother change & deepen when she learns that her mother is dying of a brain tumor. Her father has always been unhelpful & uncommunicative, & she begins finding others to look to for support. A mother's death leaves her daughter not so much empty as full -- of memories, understanding, appreciation. More than anything, Mindy longs to be told the truth. From the doctors, from her father. Mom isn't going to get better, she isn't going to leave the white room in the hospital ever again, isn't going to come home to fill the candy bowl with its magical stash of M&M's. But it's the silence, the avoidance and denial, that hurts Mindy the most. The year is 1961 - clearly evoked in the music and movies (there is a powerful scene involving Spartacus). Mindy's father has absented himself emotionally from her adolescence, after stating, in his absolute way, that she will date no one who's not Jewish. Facing the death of her mother from a brain tumor, Mindy feels like an orphan, and, like her mother, excluded from life - until friends get her laughing again, until she can see her mother and their relationship squarely and lovingly. This is a book that, though dark at its center, casts light on all sides, with extraordinary tenderness.

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User Review  - joyfiction - LibraryThing

A sad story about a girl who has lost her mother. Watching her come to term with what happened to her is an interesting journey- and a touching one. By the end of it I cried. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who likes tales that are sad in a hopeful way. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Abelove moves from the exotic rain forest of her debut, Go and Come Back (1998), to more familiar suburban territory for this anguish-ridden tale of a teenager whose mother is terminally ill. As her ... Read full review


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Abelove has a doctorate in cultural anthropology.

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