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A House Like a Lotus

Madeleine L'Engle

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Sixteen-year-old Polly is on her way to the island of Cyprus, where she will work as a gofer. The trip was arranged by Maximiliana Horne, a rich, brilliant artist who, with her longtime companion, Dr. Ursula Heschel, recently became the O’Keefe family’s neighbor on Benne Seed Island. Max and Polly formed an instant friendship and Max took over Polly’s education, giving her the encouragement and confidence that her isolated upbringing had not. Polly adored Max, even idolized her, until Max betrayed her. In Greece, Polly finds romance, danger, and unique friendships. But can she ever forgive Max?


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A House Like a Lotus
OneConstitution Square. Athens. Late September.I am sitting here with a new notebook and an old heart.Probably I'll laugh at that sentence in a few years, but it is serious right now. My sense of humor is at a low ebb.I'm alone (accidentally) in Greece, and instead of enjoying being alone, which is a rare occurrence, since I have six younger siblings, I am feeling idiotically forlorn. Not because I'm alone but because nothing has gone as planned. What I would like to do is go back to my room in the hotel and curl up on my bed, with my knees up to my chin, like a fetus, and
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"Seventeen-year-old Polly can accept her dying patron's lesbianism until Max, overcome by pain and alcohol, attempts to seduce her. While on a working trip to Greece and Cyprus, previously arranged by Max, Polly learns what forgiveness and love really are. Polly is a remarkable heroine." --Children's Book Review Service

"Compelling." --Starred, Booklist

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Madeleine L'Engle

  • MADELEINE L’ENGLE (1918-2007) was the author of more than forty books for readers of all ages, including the Newbery Medal winner A Wrinkle in Time, the Newbery Honor Book A Ring of Endless Light, and the first two books about Polly O’Keefe, The Arm of the Starfish and Dragons in the Waters. madeleinelengle.com

  • Madeleine L'Engle Photo by Sigrid Estrada
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