“And don’t miss Jane Eaton Hamilton’s “Wart’s Ugly.” It’s a delightful story with a cast of whacky family members, including a mentally-ill mother and Wart, a tomboy daughter losing her hair. The story whirls around the friendship of Wendy and Wart in a skilled manner suggesting Hamilton is familiar with the gospel-according-to-Norman-Levine: The less said the better. So, like Wart, we’re never 100 per cent certain what’s what, but we sense the unease and suffering of both parents and the pain of kids blundering their way through love and lust. While there’s an inevitability to the conclusion, and the details remain elusive (like what happened to both mom and dad?), we do know that Wart digs a deep moat around herself, ending a brilliant and satisfying look at a girl’s first broken heart. For [Hamilton and two others] alone No Margins is worth buying.”
Painful writing. Beautifully so. And so brave; I had forgotten writing can be like smashing glass. Then later the reader mistakes that brave, hard smashing for a bird song. Thanks for this one. It really does sing.