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Interview: Find Out What's Behind The Doorway In Laura Ruby's Ghostly New Novel.

A great reader does so much for a piece of work.
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  • Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All
  • A great reader does so much for a piece of work.

Publisher's Summary

National Book Award 2019 Finalist!

From the author of Printz Medal winner Bone Gap comes the unforgettable story of two young women - one living, one dead - dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII.

When Frankie’s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary - just long enough for him to get back on his feet and be able to provide for them once again. That’s why Frankie's not prepared for the day that he arrives for his weekend visit with a new woman on his arm and out-of-state train tickets in his pocket.

Now, Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned alongside so many other orphans - two young, unwanted women doing everything they can to survive.

And as the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II, and the shadows of injustice, poverty, and death walk the streets in broad daylight, it will be up to Frankie to find something worth holding on to in the ruins of this shattered America - every minute of every day spent wondering if the life she's able to carve out will be enough.

I will admit I do not know the answer. But I will be watching, waiting to find out.

That’s what ghosts do.

©2019 Laura Ruby (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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interesting and fun

Not the kind of story I normally listen but I enjoyed it. Plot is well crafted and the characters are interesting.