This is my secret pleasure, to watch unseen.
Posted by: Laura Park
Book: Geek Love (purchase on Amazon)
The story flashes to the present day Portland. Lily has lost most of her eyesight (and mind) and acts as the manager of a rambling Victorian rooming house. Oly (now known as Hopalong McGurk) works narrating dramatic stories on the radio and resides in Room #21. The room allows her to keep an eye on Lily and also on the resident of Room #35. Miranda Barker (Room #35) was raised in a convent believing she was an orphan, she has no clue that the albino dwarf in #21 is her mother. And Oly plans on keeping it that way.
“Lily chose to forget me and I choose not to remind her, but I am terrified of seeing shame or disgust in my daughter’s face. It would kill me. So I stalk and tend them both secretly, like a midnight gardener.”
That paragraph was quite a tangle! I hope readers of Geek Love enjoy the illustration and I sure hope it perhaps encourages some new folks to pick it up. More next month!