Author: Pat LaMarche
Where the author lives: Carlisle
Title of book: ‘Magic Diary’
‘Magic Diary’ is funny, frightening and fantastic. The unique structure of this novel delivers sensitive insight into the life and death struggles of a critically ill child and her family.
When a charming 14-year-old former cancer patient relapses, she pours her heart into the journal her high school English teacher gives her. Encouraged to share her thoughts with the diary, Genevieve is promised magical results. Her teacher pledges “If you write what you’re thinking, time will pass more quickly.” Knowing how slowly time can pass in the hospital, Genevieve does as she is told.
Like most 21st century cancer patients, Genevieve has to face her fears while she struggles to get better. Genevieve worries how her illness affects those she loves. She strives to relate what she learns in school with what her own family and the other ill and injured children of the hospital’s pediatric floor must face.
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Magic Diary is a modern day “A Christmas Carol” full of spectral visitors who help Genevieve better understand love, fear, living and dying – with tales of how they faced those challenges when they were alive.
Publisher: Sunbury Press
Date of release: June 12, 2019
Book signings: July 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Whistlestop Bookshop, 129 W. High St., Carlisle
How many books has the author written: Three