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Hyun, A. (2012). Childhood Mourning: An Impossible Desire in Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die. Psychoanal. St. Child, 66:160-169.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 66:160-169

Childhood Mourning: An Impossible Desire in Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die

Aerin Hyun, M.D., Ph.D.

In Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die, protagonist Meg Chalmers appears wiser than her thirteen years, able to handle such painful crises as her sister's death to leukemia, moving to a new town in the middle of a school year, and witnessing the birth of her neighbors' son with an ease and grace equal to the remarkably well-adjusted adults in her life. She also appears to have better sense than some of the not-so-well-adjusted adults who threaten to disrupt her world, such as Clarice Callaway (the town busybody) and Martin Huntington (the opportunistic lawyer) and even at times her adult friends and neighbors Will, Ben, and Maria.

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