FLYING IN PLACE Author:SUSAN PALWICK Once in awhile a first novel arrives like a bolt of lightning, commanding attention with an explosion of power, grace, and light. this is such a book, a lean unflinching tale that speaks directly to the human heart. — Emma is 12, a perfectly normal child in a perfectly normal home. And every few nights, in the hours before dawn, her perfectly nor... more »mal father comes to her room for minutes that seem like centuries.
By day, her father is a surgeon, a busy and important figure about town. And Emma's mother lives a life of the mind, teaching English, reading poetry, keeping alive the memory of Ginny, the perfect sister who died before Emma was born.
Emma is 12. Why would she talk to anyone about her perfectly normal life? Who could she talk to if she wished?
So during those early morning visits, Emma goes for walks. Away from her body. On the ceiling. Anything to be away.
Then one morning on the ceiling, she meets her long-dead sister: charming as life, flying in place. And no one will ever be the same.« less