Pictures in the dark / by Patricia McCord
- McCord, Patricia
- New York : Bloomsbury, 
New York : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC.
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- 288 pages ; 21 cm
- Life with their mentally ill mother becomes unbearable for twelve-year-old Sarah and fifteen-year-old Carlie as they are deprived of food and forbidden to use the bathroom. A group of unusual pirates, whose captain cannot stand the sight of blood, finds a baby girl stranded aboard an empty ship and decides to raise her. Sisters Carlie and Sarah live in a little old house in Spokane, Washington. It's the 1950s and the Nevilles seem like the perfect family-Dad runs a floor-cleaning business, and Mom takes care of the girls. But something is wrong, and no matter how careful Sarah and Carlie are, they never know what might make their mother fly into a rage. They don't know if they'll get dinner, or be able to take a bath, or talk to a new friend on the phone. And they are not sure if their hardworking dad even knows what is going on. The only question is how long this can continue before someone snaps. In this carefully balanced story about a carefully unbalanced family, Patricia McCord takes us into the hearts of two strong and resourceful girls, sisters whose story will resonate with readers for a long time to come.
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