Fifteen-Year-old Sienna Scully is locked in a lonely world of her own. In awe of her father, an unapproachable genius whose towering bronze sculptures have brought him international fame; distant from her mother, who manages her husband's career, Sienna spends her days sketching in the woods, avoiding her parents' glamorous life.
Then Hugh Scully is diagnosed with a serious illness, and everything changes. As Sienna watches helplessly, her mother devotes the same energy to her husband's health that she does to his career, pushing him to try harder, to make himself well. But when Sienna's mother travels out of town, Hugh turns to Sienna, reaching out, asking her to be his companion on a journey first to the seductive world of the Manhattan gallery scene; then to a remote Maine island. And it's there Sienna realizes that Hugh doesn't intend to return; that her new found closeness to her father may have to last her a lifetime.
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Francess Lantz's beautifully rendered, compassionate portrait of a complex father-daughter relationship pays tribute to the ability of love to transcend boundaries of life and death. FRANCESS LANTZ is the author of SOMEONE TO LOVE and several other books for young people. A graduate of Dickinson College, she has worked as a children's librarian, a rock-and roll musician, and a book reviewer. She writes: "Although FADE FAR AWAY is a fictional story, I know how it feels to lose a father and to feel on the outside, powerless to help. My father, an architect, died when I was fifteen. I often wished rd had a chance to spend time alone with him during his illness. Instead, I've given my main character, Sienna, that chance. Francess Lantz lives with her husband and young son in Santa Barbara, California.From Publishers Weekly:
Fifteen-year-old Sienna, a budding artist, is proud to be the daughter of renowned sculptor Hugh Scully. But she has always felt distant from him and Marianna, her mother ("I don't think they ever viewed themselves as parents. They were too absorbed in the art world, and in each other"). When Hugh is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, Sienna is determined to make a connection with her father before it is too late. While Marianna is out of town, Sienna agrees to drive Hugh to his favorite refuge, Birch Cove Island. Traveling from Pennsylvania to Maine (with a side trip to Manhattan), she learns more than she bargained for about Hugh's extramarital affairs, his lost dreams and the compromises he made to achieve fame. She also makes some realizations about herself and her own artwork. This emotionally charged coming-of-age story borrows the glamorous trappings of the art world, taking in?albeit simplistically?the politics and oversize egos there. Lantz (Someone to Love) deftly trails Sienna's loss of innocence as she becomes aware of her father's physical and psychological limitations and learns to accept them ("Hugh Scully will never need me the way I need him, will never love me completely and unconditionally, will never be the parent I want him to be"). Although Hugh fails as a father, he emerges as a successful mentor, leaving his daughter?and the audience?with a potent warning: "Don't follow me.... The road I took will lead you away from feelings, from life. Let yourself experience the world." Ages 12-up.
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Descrizione libro Tempest, 1999. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0380793725