Zena Sutherland

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She cannot write to the people who love her most, her fiance and her mother, because what Annika [in Admission to the Feast] has to say would shock them too much. She writes to an old friend, and her story is grim and pathetic, yet not morbid. Due to a young doctor's careless remark. Annika has just discovered that she has incurable cancer…. In her long letter, she describes a meeting with her father, whom she had met the year before after not seeing him (divorce) since she was a very small child, she tells her friend Helen about her love affair, she describes the agony she feels and her adjustment to the fact that she is going to die. Translated from the Swedish title Tilltrāde Till Festen, the story may be found depressing by some readers, but it is strong and candid, remarkably varied and well-paced for a monologue, and certainly unusual in its theme.

Zena Sutherland, in her review of "Admission to the Feast," in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press; © 1973 by The University of Chicago), Vol. 26, No. 8, April, 1973, p. 118.

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