It was love at first sight when I discovered this title and added it to my Recommended Reading list. I love that title. I love the thoughts and images it conjures. It’s an accurate reflection of my life, and I suspect that’s true for others as well. I enjoyed the title for quite a while before I read the book.
I’ve always had trouble relating to characters whose lives are riveting but horrible. That’s never been my reality. Zoe, on the other hand, I can relate to. She dreams big–of being a piano prodigy and playing at Carnegie Hall in an elegant gown and ruby-toed slippers–but reality falls short of her dreams–instead of getting her a piano, her well-meaning but misguided father gets her a Perfectone 60 organ. Instead of learning great classical music, she’s taught theme songs from old TV shows. Zoe’s reality is not bad, it’s just a crooked kind of perfect.
Ahhh…science, religion, separation of church and state. I have very strong feelings on this issue; my mind is not open on this subject, except to absorb additional points to further strengthen my own position. Mostly, I’m curious to see what kids might be reading, learning, thinking about.
Of course, the book isn’t so much about the issue as how the characters respond to the issue. It is fiction. I’m in the middle of it, so don’t know how it plays out. I don’t know how the theory of evolution will affect the main character’s religious beliefs. But I like the characters, and I’m curious to find out.