How to Survive A Natural DisasterBook - 2010
A story of family rivalry, betrayal, violence and forgiveness told in six voices. May, the strange, silent Peruvian orphan who is adopted and brought to a leafy suburb north of Chicago. Grandma Jack observes, "That baby studies people." May's mother Roxanne, who hopes a baby and religion will fix her marriage. May's father Craig, an artist who'd rather be anywhere but home until he falls in love with this strange dark child. April, May's beautiful brilliant adored older sister who wants to be an actress. Mr. Cosmo, their three-legged Weimaraner, and Phoebe, the morbidly depressed, morbidly obese, agoraphobic neighbor. As each voice makes a case for his or her own side of the story the reader learns that blood ties aren't what make a family and that sometimes survival is only possible through forgiveness.
Publisher: Sag Harbor, N.Y. : Permanent Press, c2010
Branch Call Number: HAWKINS
Characteristics: 200 p. ; 23 cm