Ever since May, Summer's aunt and good-as-a-mother for the past six years, died in the garden among her pole beans and carrots, life for Summer and her Uncle Ob has been as bleak as winter. Ob doesn't want to create his beautiful whirligigs anymore, and he and Summer have slipped into a sadness that they can't shake off. They need May in whatever form they can have her -- a message, a whisper, a sign that will tell them what to do next. When that sign comes, Summer with discover that she and Ob can keep missing May but still go on with their lives.
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"After her mother's death, Summer was handed from an unwilling relative to another "treated like a homework assignment somebody was always having to fix", she was taken in by an elderly uncle and aunt. Now six years later May has died. Meanwhile, they are befriend by Cletus, an odd, but brigt boy in Summer's class." (Novelist Review)
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