- by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
FROM THE PAPERBACK COVER:
A FUNNY, SAD, AND TRANSCENDENT STORY OF A YOUNG GIRL'S GROWING UP IN APPALACHIA THAT INTRODUCES A FRESH, QUIRKY NEW SOUTHERN VOICE
Rural Kentucky in the 1950s is not an easy place to grow up, and it's especially hard for ten-year-old Icy Sparks, an orphan who lives with her grandparents.
Life bcomes even more difficult for Icy when violent tics and uncontrollable cursing begin--symptoms brought on by a troubling afflictin that goes undiagnosed until her adulthood.
Icy's adolescence is marred by the humiliation of her illness, and its all-too-visible signs are the source of endless mystery and hilarity as everyone around her offers an opinion about what's troubling the girl.
Eventually, Icy finds solace in the company of Miss Emily, an obese woman who knows what it's like to be an outcast in this tightly knit community.
Narrated by a now-grown Icy, this novel shimmers with warmth and humor as it recounts a young girl's painful and poignant journey to womanhood--and the many lives she touches and enriches along the way.
"Vivid and unforgettable...brimming with love and hope."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"Gwyn Hyman Rubio's plucky, imperfect heroine Icy Sparks throws herself into life with a fewocity that cannot be denied."
-- San Diego Union Tribune
"This book...puts [Rubio] on the map as an impressive new Southern female voice...richly inspired."
-- Time Out New York
"Wondrous reading...a combination of emotional fire and ice that will take your breath away."
-- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution