The summer of 1978, ten-year-old Vicki Anderson rides her bike to the local park and goes missing. Her tight-knit blue-collar Pennsylvania neighborhood, where children roam the streets at night playing lightning tag, aboveground pools sparkle in backyards, and flowers scent the air, will never be the same.
Down the street from Vicki’s house, another family is in crisis. Troubled by her past, headstrong Natalia Kisch has abandoned her husband and two daughters for another man. Frank Kisch, grappling with his anger, is left to raise their girls alone, oblivious to his daughters’ struggles with both disappearances: Eva, seventeen, plunges into an affair with her married high school teacher, and nine-year-old Sissy escapes to a world of imagination and storytelling that becomes so magical it pierces the reality of the everyday.
When Natalia unexpectedly returns, the struggles and tensions that have built over the summer erupt into a series of events that change the Kisches irrevocably—forcing them to piece together their complicated pasts and commitments to each other.
In this haunting, atmospheric debut, Sandra Novack examines loss, loyalty, and a family in crisis. Lyrical and elegiac, Precious illuminates our attempts to make sense of the volatility that surrounds and consumes us, and explores our ability, even during the most trying times, to remember and hold on to those we love most.
From the Hardcover edition.
Two families in a Pennsylvania town are racked by tragedy in this downbeat debut by Sandra Novack. Ten-year-old Vicki Anderson disappears from the local park, leaving her mother, Gail, to be drawn even deeper into the bottle where she's hidden since her husband's suicide. Down the road, the Kisch family is on the verge of disintegrating when mother Natalia heads to Europe with her lover, leaving behind a baffled husband and two lonely daughters. When Natalia returns, she and her family must test the bonds that bind them to determine if they are strong enough to stay together.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- General, Love + Relationships + Sex, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Family + Friendship, Psychology
- August 31, 2010
- August 31, 2010
- Sandra Novack