The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert
Published by Unbridled Books
The last book in a hugely popular children and young adult series, The Coffins of Little Hope, of the Miranda and Desiree series, is soon to be released, to the utter delight of young people everywhere. Essie Myles’s grandson, Doc, actually printed a great number of The Coffins of Little Hope in his printing press, expanded from his newspaper works. That seems like it should be enough excitement for a small town, to be part of a publishing process so secretive that people must be patted down when they leave work, to ensure they have not stolen any pages from the much-anticipated new book.
But then a little girl named Lenore goes missing. Or, at least, that’s what the woman who claims to be her mother says. Daisy gave birth to Lenore at home and she’s never been to school, there is no record of her anywhere, and very little in the way of children’s belongings at Daisy’s house. However, the drifter Daisy claims kidnapped Lenore is real enough, he has been seen around town for years, but he isn’t around now. So is Lenore real? If so, was she kidnapped? Or is she all a product of Lenore’s imagination? These questions, plus the Miranda and Desiree connection, are the recipe for a huge media circus.
The Coffins of Little Hope is an absolutely gorgeous books, I nearly ran out of my book darts marking passages.
Some of you may say I’m just as bad as the worst of the people who’ve exploited the summer, fall, and winter of Lenore, that I’ve played this story like an accordion for the purposes of melodrama, squeezing and stretching, inflating, and deflating scenes and events at will. You’ll say I wasn’t everywhere; you’ll say there’s no way I can know all that I’ve depicted. But I stand behind all the truths in this story of deception. – p. 7
The characters are somewhat odd, and the storytelling is not at all linear, but The Coffins of Little Hope is still very accessible and extremely compelling. Highly recommended.
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