Icy Sparks

Icy Sparks

eBook - 1999
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Rural Kentucky in the 1950s is not an easy place to grow up in, and it's especially hard for 10-year-old Icy Sparks, an orphan who lives with her grandparents. Life becomes even more difficult for Icy when the violent tics and uncontrollable cursing begin. Icy's adolescence is marred by the humiliation brought on by her mysterious condition, and its all-too-visible symptoms are the source of endless hilarity as everyone around her offers an opinion about what's troubling the girl. Eventually, Icy finds solace in the company of an obese woman who knows what it's like to be an outcast in this tightly knit Appalachian community. Narrated by a now-grown Icy, this first novel shimmers with warmth and humor as it recounts a young girl's painful and poignant journey to womanhood -- and the many lives she touches and enriches along the way
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1999
ISBN: 9781429521581
1429521589
9781429514231
142951423X
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (x, 308 pages)

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GLNovak
Feb 11, 2014

I took this on vacation and found it was a good choice - a quick read that kept my interest from beginning to end. I don´t think it is award-winning material. The premise - a girl growing up with Turette´s and how she and those around her dealt with it in the early fifties when not much was known. Actually, the condition itself was quite secondary in that there was little expansion on it other than Icy´s own description of her actions. The relationships she had were somewhat unbelievable. Either they really loved her and laid it on with a trowel, or they ridiculed her. I do think it is a good read though if you like that interpersonal treatment and you want something a bit stimulating.

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lonnylu
Jul 11, 2012

I liked the topic of the book but found the actual book to be just ok. It had a nice ending, though, and was not at all depressing like some other books in Oprah's book club.

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kareeves
Jul 09, 2011

completed this book on July 8, 2011

ltrout May 31, 2011

What a nice ending this book had! It is about Tourette's Syndrome but so much more. One person CAN make a difference, and then it can be played forward.

I don't usually like Oprah's books, but this one was a pleasant surprise.

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lisahiggs
May 16, 2010

There are two incarnations of Oprah’s book club: the first phase chick lit series, and the second phase lit lit series. This book is from the first phase. I also assume that this is one of the books that led to the second phase. I do like chick lit: it is fun, fast, and engaging. It’s not that this book wasn’t all of those, but it also just wasn’t that great. The subject (a girl in the South during the 50s suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome before anybody knows what that is) is much stronger than the story. I bought this book at a thrift store but I am going to pass it off to my mom.

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tomandkaren
Jul 23, 2015

A girl develops Tourette's and is an outcast in her community

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