Woman in the Wall
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While that part of the story strains belief, the way Anna copes with her situation is admirable - she finds a nook where she can build a false wall and create her own safe space, and then manages to expand it throughout a large part of the house. (This takes years, btw, and only works because her mother and sisters tend to limit themselves to their own rooms much of the time.) Along the way Anna turns into a bit of a house-elf, doing repairs and sewing clothing and little gifts for her family, which she leaves for them even after they've ceased to try and talk to her. But when she hits puberty things get awkward and very unpleasant for her, as she doesn't try to ask her family for help - or even research the matter in books, though perhaps the family library's too limited for that.
And then her older sister starts bringing school friends and dates over to the house, and Anna finds herself spying on this strange new crowd of people through the little holes she's bored in her walls. (Creepy, yes?) But it's this that gradually draws her into shaping up, taking better care of herself, and even daring to venture contact with one of these strangers...
The way the story resolves itself is pretty dramatic, and works well if one has been able to accept the premise. I thought it was a good parable about the stress of puberty, of the pain of the truly shy, and of the many pitfalls of social relationships among the young (and the not-so-young too). Not sure what I expected of the story but it really paid off!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
*** Released as part of the 2016 What's In A Name release challenge, for the embedded "Al" in the title. ***