Emma Starkey is a spunky little girl trying hard to be charitable and virtuous. But her calculated attempts have a way of backfiring with tumultuous consequences in this poignant story of small-town life in 1920s Kansas. As Emma's cranky grandmother observes, "Even sunflowers cast shadows." Weaving through four years of Emma's engaging disasters is her chaotic friendship with a transplanted Yankee...
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 30, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
Amazon Rank: 5048734
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel, but I was hooked by the end of the first page -- no, by the end of the first two sentences: "My fast and furious friendship with Margaret Drummond almost came to a halt the day we started first grade tog...
Margaret Drummond, whose family arrives one summer burdened with a heavy secret and a flair for the dramatic. Emma's and Margaret's brothers and sisters become friends, too, but their screwball pursuits and youthful infatuations spawn rivalries that threaten to split them apart. Perilous--even tragic--turns await, along with powerful and unexpected lessons about friendship, jealousy, compassion, and the curious world of grown-ups. Cornucopia, Kansas, is filled with colorful crackpots, bullies, and quiet heroes. In their stories, and most especially Emma's, Even Sunflowers Cast Shadows recaptures a faded moment when innocence could still be lost grudgingly.