Thursday, June 27, 2019

Five novels with complex and credible child narrators

Michelle Sacks is the author of the story collection, Stone Baby, and the novels, You Were Made for This and All The Lost Things.

At LitHub she tagged five books with complex and credible child narrators, including:
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Twelve-year-old Astrid, the daughter of struggling poet, Ingrid Magnussen, is enchanted with her free-spirited mother and the stories she weaves about herself. But Ingrid is all too consumed with ideas of her own greatness to be concerned with the mundanity of her daughter’s childhood. When Ingrid is imprisoned for the murder of Barry, an ex-boyfriend who dared to spurn her, Astrid is thrown into the chaos and uncertainty of the foster care system. As she moves through various homes and a woeful array of surrogate mothers, Ingrid continues to overshadow her life from afar. Although it’s a heartbreaking portrait of toxic motherhood and a child failed, Astrid’s lush prose and rich interior world reveal a young girl who seems destined, above all, to survive.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue