I received this book at no cost from the publisherThe November Girl by Lydia Kang
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 7th 2017
I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.
Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there’s no one here but me. And now him.
Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I’m half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can’t protect him from the storms coming for us.
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Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.
MY THOUGHTS: Loved It!
This is a solid story about Lake Superior and all of the wrecks that happen there during the month of November. Part of me kept singing The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald while reading this. I guess you have to be of “a certain age” to understand that song. Anda is the spirit that the lake must feed with offerings of sailors. Hector is a boy who will soon turn 18 and lands on Anda’s island to escape his abusive uncle. When the two meet, there is lightening. Neither Anda nor Hector can image the impact has on each other’s life.
Kang’s worldbuilding for Anda just slips in almost unnoticed and you can feel the sparks between Anda and Hector in a weird way. Which leads to another song now stuck in my head, Imagine Dragons Thunder, and the mood of that song perfectly explains the connection between Anda and Hector. That flash and pop really sum up their relationship. This was a really good read brought out folklore and connected it with modern sentiments. Parents: Language, Sexual Situations, Self-Harm. It really is a magical book, so you might want to read it too!
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