The Clay Girl

The Clay Girl

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Hariet, also known as Ari, struggles to overcome the challenges of being born into a severely dysfunctional family.
Publisher: Toronto :, misFit books,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781770413030
1770413030
Branch Call Number: FIC Tucke
Characteristics: 345 pages : illustrations

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Paigesf
Apr 20, 2018

This book is breathtaking, heartbreaking, compelling and inspiring. Heather’s beautifully lyrical style gave the story a dream-like, poetic quality, without softening the contrast of the darkest parts of the narrative.

Ari Appleton is the most spectacular protagonist I have ever come across. Ari blends the intellect and charisma of her down-east literary sister Anne Shirley with the ability to transform unimaginable suffering into jewels through art like her admired Anne Frank. This is a character I will not soon forget, but I hope to carry in my heart along with her sister-House, beloved Papa Len, Aunties M&N, soul-friend Chase, dancing Uncle Iggy, last-dance fiddler Jake, and life-saving teachers Aaron, Ellis and Mina. I am so sad to say good-bye to these characters.

Heather, congratulations on this masterpiece. I hope to one day meet you and have you attend our bookclub. So thrilled to know you represent Durham Region authors. I eagerly await the sequel.

Btw - I would highly recommend that Whitby Public Library carry multiple copies of this title, as well as in audiobook version - I loved listening to this story!

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heyjude44
Nov 24, 2016

Best book you will read this or next year!
Whitby Public Library should surely have more than one copy to celebrate this local and talented author!

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