By Alice J. Wisler
Nicole Michelin avoids airplanes, bikes, and such a lot of all, Japan, the place her mom and dad as soon as have been missionaries. whatever occurred in Japan...something that despatched Nicole and her father again to the USA alone...something of which Nicole understands basically bits and items. yet she is content material with lifestyles in little Mount Olive, North Carolina, together with her quirky kin, tank of energetic fish, and lots of do-it-yourself pineapple chutney. via her on-line column for the gorgeous Fishy website, she meets Harrison Michaels, who, a lot to her dismay, lives in Japan. She makes an attempt to prevent him, yet his e-mails tug at her middle. Then Harrison unearths that he knew her as a toddler in Japan. in reality, he understands extra approximately her early life than she does...
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She wasn’t even allowed to look at it or hold it after it was born. The baby was whisked away minutes after Aunt Lucy nearly died giving birth to it. And, Ducee tells me, that day when the baby entered the world was the day Aunt Lucy lost a part of herself, a part never to be restored again. Maybe that’s why she bought the haunted house on James Street and turned its basement into her art studio, where she drew dozens of oil paintings of mother and infant. Ducee can never tell Aunt Lucy’s story without tears forming in her eyes.
Wisler. p. cm. ) 1. Young women—Fiction. 2. North Carolina—Fiction. I. Title. 6—dc22 2008028123 For Rachel, Benjamin, and Elizabeth, and in memory of Daniel, my reason for waving to heaven. ” —HELEN KELLER AME, AME FURE, FURE KA SANGA JANOME DE OMUKAE URESHIINA —A Japanese children’s song about a mother who comes in the rain to pick up her child Contents Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Chapter Eighteen Chapter Nineteen Chapter Twenty Chapter Twenty-One Chapter Twenty-Two Chapter Twenty-Three Chapter Twenty-Four Chapter Twenty-Five Chapter Twenty-Six Chapter Twenty-Seven Chapter Twenty-Eight Chapter Twenty-Nine Chapter Thirty Chapter Thirty-One Chapter Thirty-Two Chapter Thirty-Three Chapter Thirty-Four Chapter Thirty-Five Chapter Thirty-Six Chapter Thirty-Seven Chapter Thirty-Eight Chapter Thirty-Nine Chapter Forty The McCormick Family Recipe Acknowledgments About the Author Chapter One MOUNT OLIVE, NORTH CAROLINA 1999 When they suggest changing the location of the family reunion, I am first to speak.
The other ones I work at hiding from everyone else. Iva lights up a Virginia Slims, stretches her long, slender legs, and crosses her ankles. When she does this, it’s as though she thinks she’s the original Ms. Virginia Slims. She says she hopes we can have cucumber sandwiches at the reunion. ” She exhales and adds, “Peeled, of course. ” Ducee shakes her head, causing her gray curls to bounce. ” She enunciates each word as I do when teaching. “I told you before, Iva. ” Ducee states this as though it’s a fact, like the population of Mount Olive, which happens to be 4,427.