The History of My Body by Sharon Heath is the story of Fleur, an 11-year-old girl who is charmingly unusual. Her very literal way of looking at the world and her possibly autistic quirks (hand flapping, pinching, and preoccupation with the "void") make Fleur one of the most unforgettable heroines I've encountered in a long time.
Fleur is a fascinating combination of contradictions; she is a girl who has an imaginary uncle, yet who understands physics. And though she is extremely naive, Fleur seems to understand people at a level most don't ever comprehend. Perceptive, warm-hearted, and courageous, Fleur is infinitely likable.
The History of My Body is actually quite difficult to describe and categorize; the plot is intricate and winding. It is full of relationships and the people who Fleur touches with her charm, honesty and sincerity.
Heath is an amazing writer, who captures Fleur's unusual way of thinking. The book is sometimes surreal and stream of conscious, and always well written. You really feel like you are inside young Fleur's head.
I happen to have one copy of The History of My Body by Sharon Heath to give away to one reader. If you want to enter the give away, all you have to do is leave a comment for this post. Please make sure you leave your name and email address, so I can contact you.
The give away ends on Friday, November 11th at midnight. Good luck!