Carolina--who goes by Carol---is dreading spending the summer in the desert of New Mexico at her grandfather's ranch. The family is going to help her grandfather get ready for his move into a retirement home where he will be taken care of. Serge is less than happy about the plan and is showing signs of dementia. Over the course of the summer, Carol becomes close to her grandfather and learns about her roots through the telling of a story told by Serge that is part reality and part mystic realism. Fans of A Snicker of Magic and readers who like a good cry would be drawn to this story! This was a very emotional read with many golden lines (lines that make you catch your breath or make you pause to ponder). Some of my favorite include,
*"When a loved one is sick, the days are long, but the years are short." (345)
*"It doesn’t matter how long I live, it matters that I do with the time I’m given. (353)
*"Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them."
*"There is no ending because stories never end. They turn into new beginnings, forever and ever. Like the rings of a tree trunk." (359)
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