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08 April 2015

The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson is a book about dealing with the past.

Hayley Kincain lives with her father. They just moved into his mother's house that he inherited. For the last few years Hayley was home schooled - or more accurately, she and her father lived in his semi and they drove all over the United States. Now Hayley is in a normal high school for her senior year.

Hayley's father is a retired soldier. He liked to keep moving to try to outrun the memories, but felt like Hayley needed stability. He uses different methods to try to cope with the terrible things he saw and the people he lost. And Hayley does what she can to help while keeping an eye on him to see if he is going to fall apart.

Anderson's look at the damage done to those who experience war, and the people who love them, is a compelling story. This is an important book by an author known for dealing with serious subjects.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. (2014). The Impossible Knife of Memory. New York: Viking.

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