Published by Melville House Publishing on January 13th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
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In a timeless coming-of-age tale as charming and haunting as the movie Stand By Me, Andrew Lovett’s Everlasting Lane tells the story of what happens when nine-year-old Peter’s father dies and his mother moves them from the city to a house in the countryside, for what seem to Peter to be mysterious reasons.
He’s soon distracted, though, by the difficulties of being the new, shy kid at school, and he befriends the other two kids who seem to be outcasts: overweight Tommie and too-smart-for-her-own-good Anna-Marie. Together they try to weather the storm of bullying teachers and fellow students, by escaping into explorations of the seemingly bucolic countryside.
There, though, they find other outcasts from society such as cranky Mr. Merridew, who won’t leave his cottage in the woods, and Scarecrow Man, who stands in the fields searching the skies. And meanwhile, Peter is disturbed by the growing awareness that his own mother may be some sort of outcast, too—and that she’s hiding something from him in a locked room in the attic, a room she’s expressly forbidden him from entering.
Written in beautiful prose, Everlasting Lane is a captivating, absorbing, and suspenseful evocation of the spells of childhood: sun-soaked, nostalgic, with the soft focus and warm glow of a Polaroid—but it’s darker than it seems. Will Peter and his mother find the light in that darkness?
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Everlasting Lane is quite the quirky story, all awkward and lanky and emotional, like its characters. Peter Lambert is ten and all is not right with his world. His mother’s moved them to her hometown and taken on another persona. His schoolteacher is not very nice, his principle downright hostile. It’s a good thing he quickly makes friends.
Two quickly become three, who alternate between fighting each other and discovering secrets together, getting into scrapes, and growing up just a little bit.
Charming and quirky, Everlasting Lane meanders through the lives of Peter and his friends Anna-Marie and Tommie. It can be a bit confusing at times, sad and emotional at times, and a little bit magical at times. At the end of the day, it’s the hopefulness that you’ll carry away when you’re done.
drey’s rating: Pick it up!
Have you read Everlasting Lane? What did you think?