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Guess it only works if you know there IS a book of that name, and furthermore, that I've just read it and loved it, despite the shameless willingness to use the title for my own self-centred purposes...

So. Older Daughter moved out on Tuesday, and in keeping with Ode* family traditions, we had one minor crisis after another (including dying computers eating her latest story-in-progress, usual agent/landlord nonsense, dead phone (mine) eating increasingly desperate texts from her and serious glitches getting money to the landlord) before she went. All eventually sorted and I would so have made it through her getting into the taxi without crying had she not got sad first. All right, admittedly she FIRST said 'I'm going to miss Bell so much - I'm not sure I want to go now!' (Bell being our hound, for newer readers - userpic in honour of this moment). But I could have lost it much worse, and was well touched by getting a text from her en route saying 'I love ya! So many emotions vying for precedence!' Never let Them convince you that mobile phones have left all Young People unable to write anything other than textese... And I've been to visit already, and that was fun, and they're all happy and I'm sure that the landlord will get heat in soon. Even though the house is to be razed in May...

So again. I must be evolving into a higher life-form, right? The kind of life-form that has pretty much handled one of life's challenging struggles. And handled it okay, on the whole.

With that anything-but-neat segue, I come to Robin Brande's book. Finally.

Behind a cut for the sake of anyone who's automatically uninterested in a YA novel about a girl brought up in a fundamentalist Christian family/Church struggling to find her own beliefs - about evolution, obviously, but also about what Christianity means to her. But you'll miss a wonderful book which treats this with subtlety, humour and intelligence. the promised cut )

If you don't want to try the book, you can check out Robin Brande's blog - a great read. (Be warned though! I've ordered five books - only one available and ordered from the library - from just a few weeks' reading.) (You'll be hearing more about at least one of them shortly, now the Great Migration is mostly accomplished.)


*Younger Daughter invented this from among the many possible initials of her last name and middle name (which is my last name) and stuck it after her first name to create an email address, which I thought both elegant and poetic. So I've gakked it. Thanks C-ode!

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