By: Eliza Henry Jones
Location: FIC JON
Genre: Young Adult- mental health
'P is for Pearl
is a complex, authentic exploration of grief, friendship, mental
illness, family and love, sensitively written by a writer whose voice
will resonate with teen readers.' - Books+Publishing
Overall P is for Pearl
is a beautiful read on so many levels. Every word on the page has been
crafted to be savored again and again. With themes as varied as trauma,
grief, mental illness, friendship, contemplation and the ever-changing
definition of family, it is not hard to be swept up.- Michael
From the talented author of the celebrated novels In the Quiet and Ache comes a poignant and moving book that explores the stories we tell ourselves about our families, and what it means to belong.
Gwendolyn P. Pearson has become very good at not thinking about the
awful things that have happened to her family. She has also become used
to people talking about her dead mum. Or not talking about her and just
looking at Gwen sympathetically.
And it's easy not to think about
awful things when there are wild beaches to run along, best friends
Loretta and Gordon to hang out with - and a stepbrother to take revenge
But following a strange disturbance at the cafe where she
works, Gwen is forced to confront what happened to her family all those
years ago. And she slowly comes to realise that people aren't as they
first appear and that like her, everyone has a story to tell.
“My mum would dress herself up in scarves and nothing else and dance around the backyard.
she’d light a fire. Or climb a tree. She’d whistle and sing and yell at
me to join her until everything inside me hurt with the effort of
She was a whirlwind. A rushing, spinning impossibility.
called me by my middle name and always told me that I was destined for
great things, and even back then I knew that I’d disappoint her. I knew
that I was exceptionally ordinary. I just didn’t know how to tell her
and then, quite suddenly, it was too late to tell her anything.”