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    Monday, August 28, 2006

    Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos
    Absolutely not what I was expecting to read...
    On a Sunday after church, Ivy and her mother visit the Rumbaugh pharmacy, where Ivy spends many after-school hours. But today is a different day, and when she descends into the basement, she discovers a horrifying family secret -- twins Abner and Adolph, bound by a consuming love for their mother, have preserved their her -- through taxidermy -- so she can always be part of their life. Ivy's discovery leads to an acknowledgment of a disturbing family curse -- and one that she may be a carrier for!
    Despite my not knowing exactly what I was getting into, I was completely taken by the title and dove into the book head-first. It starts off just a tad on the slow side, but builds. A bit gothic, a bit dark, a trifle weird, more than a bit disturbing... and yet, compelling. It's definitely a quick read and not for the faint-hearted, but it's something else....
    Y FICTION Gantos

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