Sunday, November 20, 2016

Ten top coming-of-age books you may not have read

Camille DeAngelis is the author of Immaculate Heart, Bones & All, Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker, and Mary Modern, as well as a first-edition guidebook, Moon Ireland. She is a graduate of New York University (B.A. in Fine Arts, minor in Irish Studies, 2002) and the National University of Ireland, Galway (M.A. in Writing, 2005).

When her novel Bones & All was released, DeAngelis shared her ten "favorite coming-of-age novels that you probably haven't read" with Publishers Weekly. One title on the list:
Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan

This gorgeously creepy ghost story offers two of the most loving depictions of brotherhood I've ever come across. Set in Dublin, the novel opens with a house fire, forcing the fifteen-year-old Patrick and his family back to the shabby seaside cottage they usually rent over summer holidays. “It was like walking through a door,” Kiernan writes. “On one side was the warm, cosy sitting room of our childhood; on the other, a burnt-out shell of ash and char.” The ghost in the cottage has been there all along, but it's the losses of the house fire that render Pat and his twin brother Dom vulnerable enough to see him.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Into the Grey.

My Book, The Movie: Into the Grey.

The Page 69 Test: Bones & All.

--Marshal Zeringue