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Cormier, Robert
New York : Bantam, 1988.
ISBN 0440210917
This is more than a story with a gimmick -- a boy gets the power of fading -- allowing him to enter his friend's neighbors' personal spaces, his aunt's bedroom, his new rich friend's living room, the local shop owner's back room where the money is kept. It's interesting enough to read just on that level -- but at another level, it's a study of what's believable. The boy who fades grows up to be an author. The manuscript he leaves unpublished is found after his death. It is so autobiographical that his long-time editor is hooked. The analysis she goes through in weighing the written evidence before she decides if it's his biography or another of his great novels makes equally fascinating reading. The setting is a French Canadian neighborhood in a mill town.
SUBJECTS:     Supernatural -- Fiction
                        French Canadians -- Fiction
                        United States -- Fiction


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