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Sweet Hearts Hardcover – January 4, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

How hard and how long will we persist in the often hopeless quest to save the "starved nestlings" among usDneglected children? In her latest novel, Thon poses this question via the story of two delinquent children on the lam. Just turned 16, Flint Zimmer, who was conceived during, has just been released from a five-year term in a Montana reform school after a history of juvenile offenses, including setting fire to an expensive boat when he was eight and housebreaking when he was 11. On a day that brings "bad weather and bad luck," he hitchhikes across the state to the house where Frances, his mother, lives, hiding there for 11 days in the cold mud under the porch. When he finally slips inside, his heavy-drinking mother allows him to spend only one night. Flint persuades his 10-year-old sister, Cecile, to join him; the two children assault and rob the kindly local pediatrician and hit the road. The frightening yet heartbreaking story of their flight is "told" by their mother's unmarried sister, Marie, a "deaf girl" who refuses to speak aloud but addresses herself mentally to Frances. Marie's narration is multifaceted, including a history of six generations of "motherless girls," a meditation on the nature of language and memory, an angry dirge for the passing of the Crow language and culture (now a persistent but faint strain in this "mixed blood" family) and an expos of prison conditions. Episodic, intensely imagined and darkly portentous, the novel's suspense accrues to the ultraliterary drumbeat of metaphor. Evincing the psychological acuity demonstrated in the author's earlier Iona Moon and the stories of Girls in the Grass, it benefits from Thon's skillful use of nontraditional narrative devices, haunting evocation of Native American history and legend, and mystical vision of the power of forgiveness and love. Agent, Irene Skolnick. Author tour. (Jan. 14) Forecast: Thon was selected one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. The lyrical intensity and intricate play of voices in this novel may make it a word-of-mouth favorite among discriminating readers.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-Fans of Louise Erdrich's The Bingo Palace (Perennial, 1998) will take to Thon's world quickly. Flint Zimmer, 16, freshly broken out of a Montana juvenile-detention facility, goes to his mother's home long enough to collect his 10-year-old half-sister before the two resume the delinquent activities in which they engaged eight years earlier. Children of an often drunk woman who has enough Native American blood to be enrolled in a tribe, Flint and Cecile live in a world haunted by the bleak metaphorical history revisited in flashbacks to the deaths of Sitting Bull and Custer. Brief chapters trace the youths' crime spree, interspersed with equally brief sections that form a catechism of failed relationships between peoples and between persons. There is nothing noble in the present, except, perhaps, Cecile's long-gone father and her new stepfather. Thon's tone, however, claims a kind of dignity for Flint and Cecile, even in their most devastating and deadly forays. This book invites discussion and could prove suitable as a read-aloud with reluctant teen readers.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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