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An Oprah''s Book Club selection
Set in Appalachia during the late 1950s, this acclaimed first novel
chronicles a young girl''s heartbreaking battle with Tourette''s
Ten-year-old Icy Sparks already has one strike against her: She''s
an orphan. Life becomes even more difficult when Icy develops
strange symptoms: violent tics, inexplicable convulsions, sudden
outbursts, and uncontrollable cursing that accompany her rare
neurological disorder. Her affliction goes undiagnosed until
adulthood, but the all-too-visible signs are the source of endless
mystery and hilarity as everyone around offers an opinion about
what''s troubling the girl. Eventually Icy finds solace in the
company of Miss Emily, 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 journey to womanhood.
A funny, sad, and transcendent story, Icy Sparks
introduces a fresh new Southern voice.