By Carol Lynch Williams
Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an remoted group with out wondering the truth that her father has 3 other halves and he or she has twenty brothers and sisters, with extra at the manner. that's, with no wondering them much---if you don’t count number her mystery visits to the cellular Library on Wheels to learn forbidden books, or her conferences with Joshua, the boy she hopes to settle on for herself rather than having a guy selected for her. but if the Prophet decrees that she needs to marry her sixty-year-old uncle---who already has six wives---Kyra needs to make a determined selection within the face of violence and her personal fears of wasting her relations endlessly.
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Look at this family. ” My father nods, beaming. “Beautiful family,” the Prophet says. ” He nods. ” He stops. He’s looking at Emily. Our wonderful Emily. Right then I see her the way our Prophet must. I see her wide face, her slanted eyes, her smile that’s almost glowing. She looks at him with so much love I cannot understand how he cannot love her back. But I know he doesn’t. I’ve heard him say he doesn’t. I’ve heard him condemn her. And I know what they do to those who are not whole. “SINNERS ARE SICK.
But I have to talk to him. I have to. “Joshua,” I say, whispering through the screen that smells of dust. ” My voice is so low, I’m sure he cannot hear it. And I’m shaking. All over shaking. My shin hurts. “Joshua,” I say, his name louder this time and it sounds like thunder. Good grief! Whisper or scream? Choose one, Kyra. Somebody in the room moves, I can hear them. “Joshie,” someone says. Maybe it’s Bryant? The voice is young, not more than two or three. ” I should leap down from this chair and take off running, but what worse can happen to me than already has—already will?
The C and E and G,” I said. But Joshua’s hand didn’t stay where I put it. Instead, his fingers tangled up with mine. The whole side of his body leaned into me. His other arm slid around my waist. “You can’t play the piano holding my hand. Or leaning crooked like that, either,” I said, my voice breathy. The words almost didn’t come out of my mouth. But I thought, I could kiss you right now and go to hell and it would be worth it. Worth it. I glanced around the room. Emily still played with her baby doll, humming.