June 3, 2010

Interesting coming-of-age story

How It Happened in Peach Hill
by Marthe Jocelyn

Annie and her mother are successful con artists. They move from town to town offering clairvoyant guidance. Annie pretends to be the village idiot in order to collect gossip and information for her mother to use in her fake seer act. But in Peach Hill, Annie grows tired of all the fakery and lying. She drops her guise, but her mother is inspired to start a new scam: faith healing.

An unusual coming-of-age story, slightly funny, yet disturbing. While the reader will admire Annie's courage in choosing her own path, the fate of Annie's friend Helen remains unclear, leading to lingering concern.

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