In Departures, Suzen VanderZee and her brother, Evan, dream of flight from the mundanity of their Midwestern teenage lives. Seventeen-year-old Suzen, who finds her mother suddenly unbearable, fosters a crush on an older woman and rethinks what she’s ”supposed” to do after high school. Evan, 15, longs to escape to Italy and nurtures his obsession with a racy, black-clad girl. Through their eyes, the rest of the family emerges: Aimee, the youngest, perches on the roof and believes she can fly after a near-death experience, while Hallie, 9, blossoms with the artistic talent her mother craved. Add in a bookish dad and a coquettish mom whose absences suggest a torrid affair, and you get your basic family-making-the-most-of-it yarn. Luckily, vivid language and intense characters enliven this honest portrait of domestic vulnerability.
DeparturesIn Departures, Suzen VanderZee and her brother, Evan, dream of flight from the mundanity of their Midwestern teenage lives. Seventeen-year-old...DeparturesFictionLorna J. CookIn Departures, Suzen VanderZee and her brother, Evan, dream of flight from the mundanity of their Midwestern teenage lives. Seventeen-year-old...2004-02-27St. Martin's Press
Genre: Fiction; Author: Lorna J. Cook; Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Posted February 27 2004 — 12:00 AM EST
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