DaniÃÂ learned to tolerate her existence in suburban Florida with her brash and seemingly unloving mother by embracing the philosophy Why care? It will only hurt. So when her mother is killed in a sudden and violent manner, Dani goes into an even deeper protection mode, total numbness. ItÃ¢ÂÂs the only way she can go on.
But when Dani chooses The Stranger by Albert Camus as summer reading for school, it feels like fate. The main characterÃ¢ÂÂs alienation after his motherÃ¢ÂÂs death mirrors her own.
DaniÃ¢ÂÂs life is thrown into further turmoil when she is sent to New Mexico to live with an aunt she never knew she had. The awkwardness between them is palpable. To escape, Dani takes long walks in the merciless heat. One day, she meets Paulo, who understands how much Dani is hurting. Although she is hesitant at first, a mutual trust and affection develops between them.ÃÂ And as she and her aunt begin to connect,ÃÂ Dani learns about her motherÃ¢ÂÂs past. Forgiving isnÃ¢ÂÂt easy, but maybe itÃ¢ÂÂs the only way to move forward.
About: From the backyards of suburban Florida to the parched desert of New Mexico, Because of the Sun explores the complexity of family, the saving grace of friendship, and the healing that can begin when the truth is brought to light.
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