A mesmerizing novel about healing and emotional survival. Geneva Shepard and her older sister, eighth-grader Holland, have lived their lives in the shadow of a memory-that of their three siblings who were tragically killed in a car accident 20 years earlier. Geneva, in particular, has been affected and suffers from nearly debilitating psychological difficulties. Then one day, an artist arrives to paint a mural in their home. Part therapist, part friend, part angel, Annie transforms their lives and allows the girls to begin a much-needed healing process after years of perceived secondary importance to their parents.
Teenage Holland and her younger sister, Geneva, having always lived under the shadow of siblings who died before they were born, struggle to establish seperate identities and escape from the oppressive weight of their parents' continuing grief.
About ages 12 on up or so.