fp March 2008
companion to The Way A Door Closes
Keeping The Night Watch
Hope Anita Smith
illustrations by E. B. Lewis
With a click, a bang, a whisper - or no noise at all. There are so many ways that a door can close, but it’s not just the closing; it’s the knowing. And thirteen-year-old CJ knows too much - about losing his father, about his family’s pain, and especially about what it means to hold things together when times are the toughest.
In this beautifully written and powerfully moving novel in poems, Hope Anita Smith tells the story of a young man’s struggle to accept a father who has walked out on his family. Here, in CJ’s words, is a portrait of hurt and healing, and finding the strength to open the door again.
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