"Her subtle transitions between present, past, and dream-world may not always be easy for young people to follow, and the focus on adults may not attract a wide following; but for the special reader, a rich, poetic glimpse of universal feelings filtered through an unfamiliar culture. (Fiction. 10+)"
Claudio, 11, remembers his dear friend, a painter who lived in the apartment upstairs, and tries to come to terms with his suicide.
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