Saturday, September 30, 2017
The Land of Forgotten Girls, by Erin Entrada Kelly
It's a story of sisterhood that combines mundane life in a sleepy Louisiana apartment complex with touches of magic. I think it's a bit too slow and strange for the young readers it is targeted to (I pity the parent who tries to explain the story to an inquisitive listener), but it has its charms. The cast of characters are diverse and interesting and I especially enjoyed the large role that silences play in the story (particularly, with Ming and with Mrs. Leung). At the same time, Sol was a bit bratty and seemed to enjoy antagonizing her stepmother, so I enjoyed her less.