Return To Gone-Away
by Elizabeth Enright
“Sometimes a story can open a world for you: you step into it and forget the real one you live in.”
I love these books. Not least because these two books were in the vanishingly small number of books that my son would deign to read. Not least because Enright understood boys right down to the bone. Not least because of the botanizing. Certainly because of the quality of the prose, which is unequalled. Certainly because of the characters.
Seriously, if you haven’t read any Enright? Stop dicking around on the internet and go read as much of her stuff as you can find.