Brock Township’s November 2021 Girly Book Club
The Shortis|s Cafe|Bar, 375 Simcoe St, Beaverton, ON L0K 1A0, Canada
The cafe is opening especially for us, so please support them with food/beverage purchases and tipping the servers. Thanks! Please bring your vaccine passport/receipts with photo ID, as well as a mask to wear when moving around (may remove when seated/eating). The group will be kept to 10 people max.
A bursting, heartfelt, debut following fifty-five days in the life of ten-year-old Rae, who must look after herself and her dog when her mother disappears.
For as long as Rae can remember, it’s been her and Mum, and their dog, Splinter; a small, deliberately unremarkable, family. They have their walks, their cooking routines, their home. Sometimes Mum disappears for a while to clear her head but Rae is okay with this, because Mum always comes back.
So, when Rae wakes to Splinter’s nose in her face, the back door open, and no Mum, she does as she’s always done and carries on. She takes care of the house, goes to school, walks Splinter, and minds her own business—all the while pushing down the truth she isn’t ready to face.
That is, until her grumpy, lonely neighbor Lettie—with her own secrets and sadness—falls one night and needs Rae’s help. As the two begin to rely on each other, Rae’s anxiety intensifies as she wonders what will happen to her when her mother’s absence is finally noticed and her fragile world bursts open.