I have freshly finished reading Tomorrow River by Lesly Kagen and I’m experiencing difficulty in making sense of how to articulate how much I loved this book.
As a matter of fact, I wasn’t too certain at how to begin with, yet I feel that it is simply because it takes a tad bit to get used to having a 12-year-old as the storyteller- particularly one as feisty as Shenny!
Plot: Twin sisters Shenandoah (Shenny) and Woody Carmody have attempted to adapt to the disappearance of their mom, Evelyn, one summer back. Be that as it may, their reality has become small; the twelve-year-old girls restricted to the family farm at Lilyfield, their dad, a judge, given to inebriated rants and always cold-blooded conduct. Shenny gets little solace from her twin: Woody who has not talked subsequent to the night of Evelyn’s missing.
Presently the girls hole up behind the dividers of their tree fort, sometimes even falling asleep there at nights to maintain a strategic distance from the probes by “His Honor.” As the lone voice for both of them, Shenny uncovers the bad dream that has concealed them for the most recent year. Woody still won’t – or can’t – talk, and the judge is threatening to have her standardized.
Shenny is a “daddy’s girl”, a peacemaker who makes a special effort to satisfy his day by day intoxicating father despite his savageries, offering pardons for his cruelties and blaming her mom for not being a more loyal spouse, for bringing this misery into their lives. It is almost inconceivable for Shenny to see her dad as the blameworthy party, her delicate world built with him at the inside. That she is living a huge lie just slowly gets to be clear to Shenny as the late spring passes, watching over delicate Woody and in a consistent condition of availability to escape whatever risk shows up.
Shenny’s words and activities are telling, uncovering an inflexible family where females are the pawns of tyrannical men and her grandma has spells of “Purity,” requiring hours of prayer and devotion to God. While Shenny researches the circumstances of her mom’s last days before her vanishing the previous summer, she starts to consider the most exceedingly bad clarification of all. Other than the racial separation that goes through this Southern town, there is another, more unpretentious line between the powerful and powerless, the rage of a father who drives his girls to avoid others, pariahs in grave danger in the event that he realizes there are any efforts at communication.
Shenny has to protect her sister, persuading Woody to talk about what she has seen, however obviously Woody can’t endure this circumstance any longer, lessening step by step under the heaviness of her knowledge. Sticking to recollections of better times, Shenny balances her dreams and reality, unthinkable torn in a grotesquery of a broken family. In the unwinding of this family loaded with anger and obscurity, a picture develops, a ghastliness filled night where neither one of the girls is safe, even from those who have the responsibility of protecting them.
Verdict: This novel is composed from the point of view of a frightened, adamant and determined 12-year-old girl, and the writer does a wonderful job with regards to catching the reality of the character. Didn’t we as a whole think we knew everything at 12 years of age, just to later discover that we were totally off-base about the series of events unfurling around us? That is the thing that happens when Shenny starts to examine what happened to her mom when she strangely vanishes.
The story is bolting with little turns and twists in the plot. Disclosures about individuals from Shenny’s point of view turn out to be pretty much as amazing to the reader as they are to her. A lot of “ah-ha” moments had me solving the clues right alongside the storyteller. I ended up turning out to be sincerely contributed with the majority of the characters as each came to a realisation in their own one of a kind path through the writer’s style of depiction.
I cried, I laughed, I gave a shout out to those who looked for the legitimate large of society with fair justice. Overall, I truly appreciated this read.