Anita Silvey

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[In Admission to the Feast Annika Gerd Maria Hallin] confronts her own death from leukemia…. After learning about her plight, Annika flees to her family's summer cottage to face solitarily becoming "nothing, nothing in the infinity of in-finity." In a letter to a friend, written like a stream-of-consciousness narrative, Annika pours out her heightened sensations about the beauty of the world around her, her struggle to find an identity of her own making, the events of her reconciliation a few months earlier with the father she had not seen for years, and—as the days go on—her awareness of her growing ability to confront death with dignity. By the end of the story, she anticipates seeing her fiancé Jacob and will face with him what she has worked out alone…. Grim and stark and powerful, the book explores emotions rarely touched upon in children's literature—and does so honestly and frankly. A haunting story which blends Annika's desperate situation with a fragmented, urgent writing style.

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Anita Silvey, in her review of "Admission to the Feast," in The Horn Book Magazine (copyright © 1972 by The Horn Book, Inc., Boston), Vol. XLVIII, No. 5, October, 1972, p. 474.

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