Icy Sparks

Icy Sparks

By Gwyn Hyman Rubio; Kate Miller (Read by)

HighBridge Audio, Compact Disc, Abridged, 9781565115132

Publication Date: April 4, 2001

An Oprah's Book Club selection
Set in Appalachia during the late 1950s, this acclaimed first novel chronicles a young girl's heartbreaking battle with Tourette's syndrome.
Ten-year-old Icy Sparks already has one strike against her: She's an orphan. Life becomes even more difficult when Icy develops strange symptoms: violent tics, inexplicable convulsions, sudden outbursts, and uncontrollable cursing that accompany her rare neurological disorder. Her affliction goes undiagnosed until adulthood, but the all-too-visible signs are the source of endless mystery and hilarity as everyone around offers an opinion about what's troubling the girl. Eventually Icy finds solace in the company of Miss Emily, who knows what it's like to be an outcast in this tightly knit community.
Narrated by a now-grown Icy, this novel shimmers with warmth and humor as it recounts a young girl's painful journey to womanhood. A funny, sad, and transcendent story, "Icy Sparks" introduces a fresh new Southern voice.

About the Author
GWYN HYMAN RUBIO has been nominated for a Pushcart Press Editors Book Award and is a winner of the Cecil Hackney Award as well as a recipient of grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.