Thank You for All Things

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Bantam Books, 2008 - Fiction - 432 pages
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At twelve, Lucy Marie McGowan already knows she’ll be a psychologist when she grows up. And her quirky and conflicted family provides plenty of opportunity for her to practice her calling. Now Lucy, her “profoundly gifted” twin brother, Milo, her commitment-phobic mother, and her New Age grandmother are leaving Chicago for Timber Falls, Wisconsin, to care for her dying grandfather—a complex and difficult man whose failure as a husband and father still painfully echoes down through the years.

Lucy believes her time in the rural town where the McGowan story began will provide a key piece to the puzzle of her family’s broken past, and perhaps even reveal the truth about her own missing father. But what she discovers is so much more—a lesson about the paradoxes of love and the grace of forgiveness that the adults around her will need help in remembering if their family is ever to find peace and embrace the future.

By turns heart-wrenching and heart-mending, Thank You for All Things is a powerful and poignant novel by a brilliant storyteller who illustrates that when it comes to matters of family and love, often it is the innocent who force others to confront their darkest secrets.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Oh good lord. Kring, why did you do this to me, after I enjoyed your other books? What an ugly, messy, preachy, cliche'-ridden melodrama this was! Even if I could somehow accept the idea that we need ... Read full review

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User Review  - debs4jc - LibraryThing

Lucy McGowan is 12, hopes to be a psychologist when she grows up, but struggles to understand her math obsessed twin brother and her secretive mother. When Lucy's grandmother summons them to help her ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
28
Section 2
37
Section 3
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About the author (2008)

Sandra Kring lives in the north woods of Wisconsin. She runs support groups and workshops for adult survivors of trauma. Her debut novel, Carry Me Home, was a Book Sense Notable pick and a 2005 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award nominee.

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