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High-school senior Claudine looks after her alcoholic mother in their decrepit trailer on the coast of Maine. She cleans up her vomit, washes her clothes, and takes on the role of parent in their family of two. When her mother disappears, as she frequently does on binges or with a new boyfriend, Claudine is at first relieved to have the house to herself, and she tells everyone that her mother is in rehab. She worries about her mother, too. Claudine is both immensely competent and obsessive-compulsive, scrubbing her hands to the point of damage and engaging in counting rituals. Although she attends a support group and has a caring best friend, teachers, and school counselors to turn to, she is clearly coming apart. MacCready spins a tantalizingly creepy web of Claudine's disintegration, told through letters to her absent mother, dream sequences, and flashbacks. The shocking but wholly believable climax is a moving ending to this cautionary, empathetic story of codependency.
This is a former library book, hardcover edition. I bought it from a library sale in Woodstock, Georgia.
This was a great book! Very creepy, because from the first you know there is something Claudine knows about where her mother has gone, but she doesn't think or talk about it. I'm not going to reveal the secret ending, but it's shocking.
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