by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
A great (quick read) debut novel that takes place during the year that Eleanor "Groovy" Robinson turns eleven. I love the very California-esque flavor of this book, and the discussion of the phenomenon that is the migration of the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. It's a story of forgiveness, redemption and learning to open your eyes, mind and heart to the stories of those around you. Maybe my favorite character is Groovy's mom, who, as a hairdresser, turns to deep conditioning treatments, color changes and her daily horoscope as a way to fix life's problems. She made me laugh. A great reminder that family is the center (or epicenter) of our lives, whether we like it or not, and that coming together is the balm that heals.