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The Permanence of Waves by C. J. Clark

In “The Permanence of Waves,” the author takes us on a magical journey into the secret lives of the things we often take for granted. We are invited into a new way of seeing ourselves, others, and the world in which we live.

You will meet Olive and her grandfather, whom she is worried about. Grandpa lives with his dog Scout at the edge of the woods near a lake. Olive wants her granddad to come live with her so that she will know that he is safe. When Olive goes to visit her grandfather to move him to Kansas, she finds a story that he has written for her daughter, Lottie. While reading the story, Olive learns about herself, and others, and that all is not as it seems. Through the grandfather’s story, which gives a voice to things that often seem non-sentient, we revisit ideas of age, self-sufficiency, our forgotten past, and what is really important.

This is a gentle, uplifting story, filled with symbolism that speaks of inter-connection and influence.

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