Neglected and disturbed, Agnes craves a perfect companion, a friend who will share and understand all. When she's seven, it's a doll; when she's 13, it's a horse; when she's 17, it's a first lover; when she's 22, it's a dreamy poet of a husband. But magic is tricky -- be careful what you wish for. This dark, complex fantasy novel asks the age-old question, at times in a shockingly literal fashion: Can you have your cake and eat it, too?
From Library Journal
Agnes Grey, a young girl living in Houston, gets a doll from her aunt. The doll, whom she names Myles, is a pillow friend. He will sleep with her and tell her stories, as he did when he belonged to Aunt Marjorie. But Myles seems to inhabit Agnes's mind and influence her actions. The reader?as well as Agnes?isn't sure what is real and what is a dream or a fantasy. As Agnes gets older, her real life and her dream life fuse so completely that it is difficult to distinguish one from the other. She meets her favorite poet (who is also her dream lover), and they marry (or do they?). When her mother dies suddenly, Agnes discovers something the reader will have guessed. The denouement is stunning. This novel shows us that what we hide from ourselves, and what we make up, may be more real than reality itself. For most popular collections.?Barbara Maslekoff, Ohioana Lib., Columbus
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