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On Shoshana Flax’s “A Wrinkle in Troubled Times” (from 2016)

“Some of our very best fighters have come from your own planet.” —Mrs. Whatsit to Meg Murray

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'EngleAbout Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Award–winning novel, the writer Anne Lamott said the following in a 2012 interview with The New York Times Book Review:

“A Wrinkle in Time saved me because it so captured the grief and sense of isolation I felt as a child. I was 8 years old when it came out, in third grade, and I believed in it — in the plot, the people and the emotional truth of their experience. This place was never a good match for me, but the book greatly diminished my sense of isolation as great books have done ever since. I must have read it a dozen times.”

A book saved her. That seems about right.

In honor of Anne Lamott’s birthday—today!—we offer this life preserver, extended by our own Shoshana on November 11, 2016. Happy Birthday, Ms. Lamott! Here’s to many more years of reading, writing, and fighting!

About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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