Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Closed Doors by Lisa O'Donnell
Eleven year old Michael tells the story of the secrets that he hears listening behind closed doors - about his town, gossip, and the thing that left his mother battered. They tell him to say that she fell down the stairs, but he and everyone else knows that is not the truth. The story is set in a small town on an island in Scotland in the 1980s. Afraid that the town will gossip about her and place the blame on her, Michael's mother is afraid to tell anyone what happened to her, but hiding things does not make them go away. This is a disturbing story about disturbing events, as seen through the eyes of an 11 year old boy. It is well a written book about a tragic event and the way that people gossip and judge one another as seen through the eyes of a child who learns about things that children his age should not need to know about.