Gaarder, Jostein. The Orange Girl.

AuthorFlint-Ferguson, Janis
PositionBrief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

GAARDER, Jostein. The Orange Girl. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, dist. by Trafalgar Square. 151p. c2004. 0-297-84904-2. $1795. S

Fifteen-year-old Georg is more than surprised when his grandparents bring him a manuscript from his father, who died 11 years ago when Georg was still a toddler. Living now with his mother, stepfather and baby sister, Georg locks himself in his bedroom to read the document. What follows is a story about his father and the Orange Girl, so named because the first time his father is attracted to her, she is carrying bags of oranges.

The story of the Orange Girl is the story of first love. Georg's father is 19 years old when he tells his tale directly to the son he'll never see grow up. There is a bit of obsession as he looks for the girl in crowds and a bit of mystery in his attempts to find out who she is. For Georg, there is a look into the personality of a father he barely...

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