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Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Hardcover – August 13, 1982
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"This is Hamilton at her best, with a humane acceptance of people in their struggle, and hope for the power of their love". -- School Library Journal
"Unique...wonderfully human...It fairly reaches off the first page to grab you."-- Katherine Peterson, " The New York Times Book Review"This is Hamilton at her best, with a humane acceptance of people in their struggle, and hope for the power of their love."--" School Library Journal"A superb book, convincing and profoundly affecting."--" Publisher's Weekly"Virginia Hamilton has heightened the standards for children's literature as few other authors have."-- Betsy Hearne, "Twentieth-Century Children's Writers"Deeply felt...fully imagined."--" Kirkus Review --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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The first time Teresa saw Brother was the way she would think of him ever after. Tree fell head over heels for him. It was love at first sight in a wild beating of her heart that took her breath. But it was a dark Friday three weeks later when it rained, hard and wicked, before she knew Brother Rush was a ghost.
Why had he come to her, with his dark secrets from a long-ago past? Was it to help Dab, her retarded older brother, wracked with mysterious pain? Was it for her mother, Vy, who loved them the best she knew how, but wasn't home enough to ease the terrible longing?
Whatever secrets he held, Tree knew she must follow. She must follow Brother Rush through the magic mirror, and find out the truth. About all of them. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Hamilton's writing is wonderfully lucid and descriptive, showing Tree's thoughts in a language and idiom that perfectly express her character. Here's a passage I especially liked, from Tree's first meeting with Brother Rush in her apartment:
"The sweatshirt she had on couldn't keep her warm. Yet she was aware of the moment when the cold turned into something she could live with. Fear was sealed inside her, like a tatter of paper from her ream. And if you opened the tatter, it would read: This is all the scared I can get.
The categorizing part of my brain wants to say that this is fantasy, because it's a ghost story. I suppose technically it is, but it's so rooted in reality that the supernatural doesn't feel especially fantastic. It's simply a book about people, about Tree's relationships with her brother and her mother, who has to work so hard to keep the family going that she's rarely there, leaving Tree to take care of herself and Dab. It's a bittersweet book, full of loss and sadness, yet also full of love and hope.