A House Like a Lotus
By Madeleine L'Engle
(Square Fish, Paperback, 9780312547981, 336pp.)
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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Sixteen-year-old Polly is on her way to the island of Cyprus, where she will work as a gofer. The trip was arranged by Maximiliana Horne, a rich, brilliant artist who, with her longtime companion, Dr. Ursula Heschel, recently became the O’Keefe family’s neighbor on Benne Seed Island. Max and Polly formed an instant friendship and Max took over Polly’s education, giving her the encouragement and confidence that her isolated upbringing had not. Polly adored Max, even idolized her, until Max betrayed her. In Greece, Polly finds romance, danger, and unique friendships. But can she ever forgive Max?
MADELEINE L’ENGLE (1918-2007) was the author of more than forty books for readers of all ages, including the Newbery Medal winner A Wrinkle in Time, the Newbery Honor Book A Ring of Endless Light, and the first two books about Polly O’Keefe, The Arm of the Starfish and Dragons in the Waters. madeleinelengle.com
"Seventeen-year-old Polly can accept her dying patron's lesbianism until Max, overcome by pain and alcohol, attempts to seduce her. While on a working trip to Greece and Cyprus, previously arranged by Max, Polly learns what forgiveness and love really are. Polly is a remarkable heroine." --Children's Book Review Service
"Compelling . . . An eminently caring book by an obviously caring writer."—Booklist, starred review