Set in Appalachia during the late 1950s, this acclaimed first
novel chronicles a young girl’s heartbreaking battle with Tourette’s syndrome.
Ten-year-old Icy Sparks already has one strike against her:
She’s an orphan. Life becomes even more difficult when Icy develops strange
symptoms: violent tics, inexplicable convulsions, sudden outbursts, and
uncontrollable cursing that accompany her rare neurological disorder. Her
affliction goes undiagnosed until adulthood, but the all-too-visible signs are
the source of endless mystery and hilarity as everyone around offers an opinion
about what’s troubling the girl. Eventually Icy finds solace in the company of
Miss Emily, who knows what it’s like to be an outcast in this tightly knit
Narrated by a now-grown Icy, this novel shimmers with warmth
and humor as it recounts a young girl’s painful journey to womanhood. A funny,
sad, and transcendent story, Icy Sparks introduces a fresh new Southern
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