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Friday, March 26, 2010
28. Father's Arcane Daughter by E L Konigsburg
"Once upon a time, Winston got a new sister. The first time it happened, his parents brought home from the hospital a "creature". Heidi is handicapped and Winston, made to be responsible for her, builds a vocabulary just to describe her - none of the words are particularly nice. The second time, his half sister returned home sixteen years after she was kidnapped. At first unhappy at Caroline's arrival, Winston slowly comes to appreciate her presence in their lives, just as he really begins to question whether or not she is really Caroline.
An interesting story, told in Winston's words as he speaks to his sister (which sister is not identified for some time) about what happened twenty years ago, when Caroline came home. Well told, the reader gets the feeling, eventually, that either answer to the mystery of Caroline would be fine. It is far less important WHO she is than THAT she is." Review from Amazon.com by Anna M Ligtenberg
This is probably my least favorite of the three Konigsburg books I've read, but even so I liked it a lot. Winston is such a unforgettable character, torn between his embarrassment and resentment of his younger sister, Heidi, and his need to protect her. Caroline is much needed addition of sanity and normalcy to the dysfunctional Carmichael family. This is a well-told dramatic story that draws you in and holds your interest right to the end.