"The narrative veers unconvincingly between hillbilly colloquialism and lofty imagery; not that a girl from the Pennsylvania mountains can't have a poetic notion, but nothing Maizie says indicates that such thoughts are forthcoming, and so they always jar. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Maizie, 12, is older than her years; her mother left the family four years ago, right after sister Grace was born, and her silent, gloomy father has a drinking problem.
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