Have you seen the new young adult novel, Touching Snow, by M. Sindy Felin? It’s just been published by Atheneum.
The story is bluntly told through the eyes of a teenaged Haitian American girl, Karina, who chronicles her familyâ€™s suffering under her despotic stepfather. What I found particularly interesting was the examination of how culture and immigrant status play out in the lives of all the family members.
There’s also a very interesting side story that shows the young girls in the neighborhood navigating around–and sometimes making use of–the neighborhood pedophile who has a car.
Felin explores some very tricky areas. My only cavil is that the abuse is stopped when the abuser is murdered by his victims. Oh, yes, it is satisfying on an emotional level. (And this is not a spoiler. The book begins with the statement, “The best way to avoid being picked on by high school bullies is to kill someone.”) But you know that family is not really going to be better off in the long run.
Sigh. Sometimes there are no easy answers.