This novel, one of the author's earliest, is the story of a girl who, with the help of her first love, leaves childhood behind and enters adulthood with a newfound sense of self and inner strength.
I am working my way through Madeleine L'Engle books. I have not read anything by her in a decade or so and wanted to revisit books of my youth. I have not read this book before and was very surprised how much I enjoyed it. It is a book that is really about coming of age, realizing that all the problems of the world do not revolve around you and coming to terms with what your place in the world really is. It does have a small love story, but unlike many modern coming of age stories does not involve any sex. It is a very internal book, with the main character explicating her thoughts in long internal dialogues. But that fits with the book very well. The content is a bit mature, there is adultery, attempted suicide, divorce, drinking and alcoholism and more. But these are handled well and not in a showy way, just as a matter of the world and part of growing up.