Over the weekend, I read a YA book that is staying with me -- MILES FROM ORDINARY by CAROL LYNCH WILLIAMS. It's about a girl, Lacey, taking care of her mentally ill mother in a small town in Florida. The girl is a strong character, she believes she can do it alone (how many of us women believe that?), but when her mother disappears from the first day at her new job as a supermarket cashier, Lacey realizes that she can't do it alone -- though in some ways she must. All of the action takes place over one day, though there are compelling flashbacks that fill in her story. The last "act" is somewhat rushed; we want to stay with Lacey, or at least, I did. I cried at the end, maybe that's the best thing to say. I cried and the book, it's fluid, often poetic writing, it's true voice and startling end, stayed with me.
This author also wrote another terrific novel -- THE CHOSEN ONE -- about a Morman girl in a polygomous family; this was also a great read. Full disclosure: Carol Lynch Williams gave LIE a terrific blurb. Though I don't know her personally, I will always appreciate her generosity. At end of the day, don't you love it when you find authors to love?