Make Believe Author:Joanna Scott Writing with the sustained brilliance that made a Pulitzer Prize finalist of her previous novel, Joanna Scott shines her lights upon the inner lives of children and the complexities of the family bond in this astonishing new novel. — Make Believe is the story of a family stunned by tragedy and the regenerative forces at work in the aftermath. At... more » the center of the novel is three-year-old Bo, a boy who has been orphaned by the car accident that killed his mother. Bo becomes the focus of a fierce custody struggle between his two sets of very different grandparents. As the grown-ups play out their secret desires, hidden resentments and stubborn self-righteousness, Bo finds himself at the mercy of the fallible adult world. Whom should he trust? What should he believe? With a child's perfect but partial understanding, he flees into himself--away from the sea of strangers--where he inhabits a vivid inner landscape filled with the dreamlike intensity unique to the imagination of a child.
Moving with muted elegance between the points of view of Bo and members of his family, Make Believe explores the vulnerability of a child's developing consciousness, the profound interconnectedness of even the most imperfect humans, and the imagination with which all human beings invent their worlds. This is a moving and unforgettable novel from a writer the New York Times has hailed as "a greatly gifted and highly original artist."« less